Notion that divorce is harder for men remains
While the family court’s bias in favor of women in divorce cases has undoubtedly diminished, the perception that divorce is more difficult for men lingers.
A 2015 survey of 1,000 American adults from Findlaw, a popular legal information website, found men and women have sharply different views on whether divorce courts tend to favor men or women.
The majority of American men (57 percent) believe that divorce courts generally favor women. However, a nearly equal majority of women (58 percent) either have no opinion or believe that divorce courts generally favor neither men nor women.
A decisive 74 percent of divorced men feel that divorce courts favor women — a much higher percentage than among single or married men. Women who have gone through a divorce are more likely than single or married women to believe that divorce courts either treat men and women equally, or else favor men.
Increasingly antiquated stereotypes fuel the long-standing perception. They include: Fathers went to work, and mothers stayed home to raise children. Fathers rarely sought custody because they needed to earn money. Judges, mostly men, tended to believe mothers were better suited to have custody and followed laws that explicitly favored mothers.
But times have changed during the last couple of generations: Mothers also earn income. Fathers have embraced child-rearing duties. Laws giving women preferential custody rights no longer exist.
Nevada laws require courts to look at a dozen factors that consider the best interests of the child to determine custody, preferring joint custody whenever possible. Guidelines for primary custody emphasize ways the child can maintain a healthy relationship with both parents. The attorneys at Right Lawyers understand the male perspective and are strong advocates to ensure a father’s interests are protected. They will fight on their behalf and protect them from being dragged through the process.
The attorneys at Right Lawyers in Las Vegas bring more than 15 years of expertise and experience in cases including contested divorces, joint divorces, uncontested divorce matters, legal separations and child custody matters.
The lawyers come from many walks of life — and can relate to each individual client and his unique situation. They pride themselves on making clients feel welcome and comfortable.
From the outset, clients of Right Lawyers know:
- Their interests and priorities are heard and understood.
- A strong plan is devised to protect their interests, including child custody rights and property.
- Communication is pro-active and consistent, with frequent updates, concise explanations and easy-to-understand language.
- Costs are more certain because of the fixed-fee model used at the firm.
It may have come as a complete shock, or it may have been inevitable for years. Some who are getting a divorce may be lost in an uncertain haze, while others may be well-equipped for it. But sadness, bitterness, anger and anxiety often pervade the legal process.
Because the emotional and financial consequences are so enormous, those involved should obtain robust legal representation as soon as possible.
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