Washington parents recently celebrated Father's Day, and to those who are divorced, the holiday has more meaning thanks to a new movement sweeping the nation. Traditionally, when parents divorce, the mother is awarded primary child custody. Fathers' roles are often downgraded to simply visiting. But that's starting to change, thanks in part to fathers who are demanding a greater role in child-raising. Courts and lawmakers are also beginning to understand the many advantages of shared parenting.
One recent study found that primary custody was awarded to the mother in approximately 83 percent of divorce cases. Fathers, on average, were allowed to see their children five times a month.