The role of the divorced father has evolved over the last 20 years. In most modern divorces, both parents share in the responsibilities of parenting the children they share, if not equally then nearly so. Florida modified the language of its divorce-related statutes to reflect the change in philosophy — from custody to time-sharing.
The new role of the single father
The traditional model of single fatherhood involves writing a child support check and visiting on alternate weekends and holidays. The term “Disney Dad” emerged from the pattern many single fathers once practiced of only parenting when it was fun. Today’s single father has far more opportunities to parent their children in a more meaningful way. If you are a “Disney Dad” and want to deepen your relationship with your children, here are some guidelines to help you do just that:
The terms of your time-sharing agreement should reflect the level of involvement you desire to have in your child’s life. You might find that divorce affords you an opportunity to be a much better version of the father you were when you were married.
The divorce attorneys at Weiner & Weiss, LLC can assist you in creating an effective and realistic parenting plan, including a time-sharing arrangement that supports positive and involved fathering as a right and obligation.
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