Fathers in America

Pierre Domercq Child Custody and Visitation

These days, fathers in California and the rest of the country who reside with their children tend to participate more in their care and with household chores. The number of fathers who are single and who remain at home has also increased. However, a growing number of children do not live with their fathers.
According to the Pew Research Center, fathers believe that parenting is an essential part of who they are. A majority of fathers, 54 percent, tend to enjoy the benefits being a parent provides. Forty-six percent of fathers report that they always enjoy being a parent.
In the past, fathers were not as involved in the care of their children as they are now. Fathers stated that they spent an average of seven hours each week on child care in 2015. This is almost three times the length of time fathers would have cared for a child in 1965. Fathers also reported that they spend nine hours per week taking care of the home in 2015, which is four more hours than what was reported in 1965.
It is more common for fathers not to be the only provider for the family. Just 27 percent of families with minor children have a father who is the only breadwinner. In comparison, in 1970, 47 percent of couples with children younger than 18 years were part of families in which the father was the only parent who was working.
A family law attorney may assist both fathers and mothers with resolving their child custody and visitation issues. Depending on the circumstances of a case, the attorney may suggest possible methods to address parenting time.