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Divorced noncustodial dads: What do the statistics say?

The Fatherhood Institute studies single dads and their relationship with their children. The institute offers useful statistics that show how noncustodial dads maintain their relationship with their children. Studying this data may be interesting to fathers who want to know where they stand in terms of the norm for a single, noncustodial father.

Here's what you should know as a single dad:

  • Approximately 33 percent of children get to spend time with their nonresident father every week.
  • Approximately 50 percent of nonresident dads see their children on a monthly basis.
  • Approximately 25 percent of children rarely or never get to see their nonresident dads.
  • Approximately 25 percent of nonresident dads encounter difficulties when trying to see their children because the mother made it hard.
  • Approximately mothers say that the nonresident father is uncommitted, inflexible or unreliable and it poses a problem for the children.

Here are a few factors that appear to increase the likelihood that a father won't spend as much time with his child:

  • The father is suffering from financial difficulties.
  • The father lacks education.
  • The father only briefly lived with his child or never lived with his child.
  • The father and mother do not get along.
  • The father has a new spouse and more children.

The following factors increase the chances of more contact with the child:

  • The father pays child support.
  • The father spent time with the children immediately after breaking up.
  • The father and mother have a parenting plan agreement to share time with the children.
  • The father feels he has a parental influence over his kids.

Many fathers want to spend time with their kids, but they don't have the ability to do so because of their child custody orders or because of a difficult mother. However, legal action might be taken by the father to re-assert his parental rights and ensure he gets to spend a suitable amount of time with his children.

Source: dad.info, "Separated fathers: How often do they see their children?," accessed Dec. 22, 2017

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