For hundreds of years, families were considered the cornerstone of society. Laws surrounding family life were taken very seriously, and family dynamics were almost sacred. In recent years, however, laws concerning almost every facet of domestic life have changed or are in the process of changing. Here are four recent trends in family law.
Once, not long ago, attorneys in The Law Offices of Dwight W. Clark, L.L.C. could tell you the mother would get custody in a divorce, but that is no longer the case. Recent trends lean toward granting fathers custody of the children almost 20 percent of the time. The numbers may continue to rise, meaning more fathers are taking their parental role very seriously.
Care of Children
As added pressure builds on parents, and marriages break apart, more grandparents are taking responsibility for the raising and nurturing of their grandchildren. Some of the reasons courts award relatives full custody may include parental neglect, substance abuse, or incarceration. However, many parents are willingly giving up custodial rights because they do not want the responsibility that raising children entails.
Not long ago, men were seen as the breadwinners and women as the reliant caregivers. That is no longer the case because both men and women are now identified as equal providers in the home. For that reason, alimony is no longer awarded strictly to women; in fact, men often ask for alimony if their wives made more money than they did while in the marriage.
Live-in partners are becoming more common as couples define their relationships outside the restrictions of society’s conventions. Adoption between same-sex and unmarried partners is also becoming more accepted. The uncommon relationships may not legally bind adults and children, but the emotional attachment is certainly there.
Family law will continue to evolve as families, couples, and relationships within society change. The courts may be slow in evolving, but these trends are already standard within most jurisdictions across the United States.