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Looking at statistics on custodial parents

On Behalf of | Oct 13, 2021 | Child Custody |

Whether you share custody with your ex or you are approaching the divorce process and have no idea how the court will award custody, it is important to go over various issues related to child custody. Sometimes, people have misconceptions about child custody or the legal process, while others have little hope that they will secure a favorable end result.

By going over statistics on custodial parents, some people in this position can gain confidence knowing that they are not alone and have a clearer understanding of this topic.

Custodial and non-custodial parents

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, roughly 21.9 million kids under the age of 21 had a non-custodial parent who lived in another home during 2017. In fact, more than one out of every four kids in this age group has a parent who does not live in their house.

Many non-custodial parents have to pay child support to help provide custodial parents with the financial resources they need to raise a child. It is important for custodial and non-custodial parents to focus on their child’s well-being and handle legal issues carefully.

Fathers and child custody

According to data, more men have become custodial parents in recent years. During 2018, fathers accounted for 20.1% of custodial parents. In 1994, fathers made up 16% of custodial parents. If you are a father preparing for a custody dispute, you should know that courts go over many factors when making custody decisions and you should not feel hopeless simply because you are a father. If you are a mother, it is also very important to focus on handling custody matters with the right attitude.