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Understanding the importance of fathers to their children

Many of us have long known the importance that fathers play in their children's lives. But recent studies show that this relationship may be even healthier than we realize. The National Health Statistics Report "Fathers' Involvement With Their Children: United States, 2006-2010" show significant improvements in a child's schooling and behavior when fathers are in their children's lives.

With today's ever-changing economy and working class, it is becoming more common that women are pursuing their careers allowing fathers to take over what previously had been more of a mother's role. "Stay at home Dads" are not uncommon now. In fact, by spring of 2011, nearly one in five preschoolers were primarily cared for by the dad while mom was at work. A father's involvement in a child's life has additional benefits beyond a necessary bonding.

According to various sources, preschoolers who had active fathers in their upbringing had stronger verbal skills and fewer disciplinary problems. Girls with active and strong relationships tend to do better in mathematics, and boys with strong relationships with their fathers received higher grades and performed stronger on achievement tests.

Every parent wants what is best for their children. When in the process of a divorce, fathers may find it difficult to obtain the custody or visitation rights they believe they deserve. If you are about to enter into a divorce, you may want to protect your wishes and your child's best interests by finding a strong law firm who can work with you in the courts to get you the rights you deserve. It is not a decision you should take lightly.

Source: National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, "Dad Stats," Accessed May 8, 2017

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