There is a relatively new movement that calls for more shared parenting in post-divorce arrangements. It grants fathers equal rights in regard to their children after a divorce. According to recent studies, when parents divorce or become separated, many courts grant the mother full child custody, while fathers are relegated to mere visitors in around eight out of 10 cases.
This trend can be found in many states, including Illinois. It was recently found that between 2002 and 2012, one particular state's custody cases ended up in the mother's favor, while nearly 72 percent of fathers were only granted about five times per month to see their children. This struggle that a great number of fathers face in their attempts to gain full custody is supported by recent data from the U.S. Census. The data showed that almost 83 percent of custodial parents are mothers.