The role of fatherhood looks much different than it did even just 10 years ago. Like other men, you are probably more involved in your children's lives than your own father might have been. While this certainly benefits both you and your children, not all family law courts recognize the value in your parental relationship. Even if you are an outstanding and involved father, you could still end up with less parenting time in your child custody agreement.
Substance abuse by a parent is one of the leading causes of divorce and post-divorce child custody modification proceedings. The effects of drug and alcohol abuse can be devastating to a family, especially the children, who have often times been exposed, neglected and abused due to a parent's addiction. As a result, courts take substance abuse allegations very seriously.
First, a legal separation is less common. There are many reasons why people choose legal separation instead of a divorce. In some cases, it may make more sense for a couple to become legally separated while in others, it may be better to file for divorce. Before deciding which you want to choose, it is important that you understand the differences between legal separation and divorce and the potential benefits and drawbacks of each.
When the U.S. Supreme Court made its decision in Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015, many people rejoiced as this effectively made same-sex marriage legal in the United States. Unfortunately, the process of writing laws doesn't happen overnight in our country.