Why Child Custody Has Changed in California

Growing up, you can probably remember that most children of divorced parents seemed to live primarily with their mothers. Such children would live with their mothers the majority of the time, while they’d see their fathers once a week for dinner and every other weekend – that was a typical child custody and visitation arrangement in the 1980s and 1990s. Fast-forward to today, and much has changed. Today’s child custody laws are “gender neutral.” The California family courts no longer give preference to a mother over a father, meaning, fathers have equal consideration in a child custody case. In light of this, the question is, “Why have the family courts changed so fathers are given the same consideration as mothers?” Societal Shifts Have Impacted Child Custody Our society has changed dramatically since World War II, especially since millions of women had to turn in their aprons for full-time jobs while their…

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