We have discussed before the shift toward shared custody that several states, and many courts, are beginning to implement. In an area that has historically favored mothers over fathers, this change is certainly a step in the right direction as far as fathers' rights are concerned. Interestingly, however, a recently article in the Atlantic explains how this change may be empowering fathers even more than most people realize.
Some St. Louis fathers may already be aware of some parents' aversion to shared custody. Your children have to move back and forth regularly, you and your ex have to live close to each other, and you and your ex have to communicate more often than you might like. Because of the challenges that can come with shared custody, some parents prefer to have one primary custodian. This sentiment, the Atlantic article explains, may have prompted a rise in the number of households headed by single fathers.