These days, fathers in Colorado are more likely to get joint custody. This is a big change from what was commonplace for much of the prior century. Mothers were granted sole custody in roughly 80% of cases in 1980. Nearly three decades later, this was true about 40% of the time.
Most courts today favor and encourage joint custody or equal parenting arrangements. However, it’s legal custody of a child that’s more likely to be equal among both parents. Mothers are still favored with residential/physical custody, which refers to where a child primarily resides. This discrepancy is typically due to logistical issues, especially with school-age children.
A laxer attitude toward divorce and societal changes that led to more women pursuing careers rather than primarily caring for their children are among the factors some legal professionals believe have contributed to joint custody becoming more common. Divorced fathers aren’t the only ones seeking fair custody arrangements. Men who fathered children out of wedlock sometimes seek custody as well; although, fathers with more money are more likely to seek custody. Even so, single dads without economic advantages are also faring better with custody situations today.
Furthermore, custody issues are more likely to be resolved today without a trial. This is because many courts encourage pre-trial mediation efforts. A family law attorney could help a couple work out a fair custody agreement before turning to the court. This process often requires some give-and-take on the part of both parents, and sometimes a gentle reminder to do what’s ultimately best for the child.