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Fathers play a crucial role in children’s lives

Although children who are involved in a divorce may end up in the sole-custody of one parent, it is crucial that they are exposed to both their mother and father on a regular basis. Children need the financial and emotional support of both parents in order to have the best chance of a living a full and happy life. However, a number of children who live with their mothers’ have limited access to their fathers. Studies show that this limitation can impede on a child’s development.

One review performed by the Father Involvement Research Alliance found that toddlers who have access to their dads on a regular basis are often more sociable, have higher IQs and are better problem-solvers. Also, children were found to act less impulsive and have a higher self-confidence. As they grew into young adults, kids who spent time with their fathers had more successful careers, better marriages, completed higher levels of education and had a greater social support system. Overall, they experienced a better general physical health, cognitive and behavioral health.

Fathers provide things in a child’s life that mothers cannot. While mothers provide security, nurturing and comfort, fathers give children a sense of independence, protection, discipline, achievement and encourage them to leave their comfort zone and try new things.

After looking at the research, many people have considered joint-custody as an option and alternative to sole-custody in a divorce. However, as long as children have significant exposure to their fathers on a regular basis, custody does not ultimately matter.

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