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Are Divorce Laws Unfair to Men? 11-25-2015

Are Divorce Laws Unfair to Men?

With current media representation of divorces, it can be easy to believe that the court favors women during a divorce proceeding. Men might feel disenfranchised and silenced in the courtroom, believing their rights are not being upheld. Although this may or may not be true, the general insecurity stems from many not knowing the rights allotted to them.

To answer the question if divorce laws unfairly treat men, the answer is no. They do not. However, it is important to inform yourself of your rights and to make sure the courtroom upholds them. Although a judge may have certain biases, under the law, men and women are both treated equally in a divorce. In order to ensure fair treatment, you may need an experienced divorce attorney to represent you. At James D. Madden, Attorney at Law, our family law attorney is a certified experienced in his field. He helps clients receive fair proceedings during their divorce.

Spousal Support

When it comes to spousal support, the court looks to ensure both parties can maintain the quality of life to which they are accustomed. Because of past traditions, society expected men to pay alimony because they were usually the main support in a relationship. However, with the changing times, women can easily be the main breadwinners. As such, they may also be required to pay spousal support.

When deciding alimony, the court looks at the standard of living a couple was accustomed to during their marriage. They then look at each party’s earning / earning potential, lifestyle, and general need and decide support that way. Husbands can seek temporary, short-term, and long-term spousal support.

Child Support and Custody

When it comes to children, many people believe that courts favor women. This is not true. However, men do have to work against the stereotype that they are the ones more likely to leave in a relationship with children. Fathers have the same rights as mothers.

During the divorce, father’s rights include:

  • Being involved in the child’s life
  • Having a say in major decisions, such as where they live and religion
  • Access to medical records
  • Involvement in parenting and parenting plans

At James D. Madden, Attorney at Law, you can be sure that you have leading legal representation in divorce law. We have a board certified family law specialist who can help you navigate the turbulent waters of divorce. We prioritize your rights and needs. Contact us today for a free consultation and take a step towards your new future.

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