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Parents of both genders may struggle with family law matters

Alabama parents can find it difficult to raise their children after ending their marriages. However, many claim that the legal system doesn’t make it any easier to be a good parent. One man claimed that he owed $680,000 in child support that was to be repaid at an interest rate of 9%. While the man was a doctor, he was fired from his medical practice and makes only $100 a month.

As a result of being behind on child support, he had to file for bankruptcy and also spent time in jail. In the United States, 80% of custodial parents are mothers, which means that they tend to be a child’s primary caregiver. Therefore, it is often fathers who are trying to gain more parenting time or other access to their sons or daughters. However, it can be difficult for noncustodial parents of either gender to get the parenting time or rights that they want.

Child custody and visitation rulings are not supposed to take a parent’s gender into account. Ideally, parents who are frustrated about the role that they play in their child’s life will refrain from getting angry. In many cases, getting angry will only escalate a situation and make it harder to overcome issues related to child support or spending time with a child.

Those who are involved in child custody and visitation disputes may benefit from having experienced family law attorneys help with their cases. Doing so may make it possible to better understand how to go about getting custody of a child or obtaining greater parental rights.

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