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Single dads are more common than one might think

On an anecdotal level, it might seem that a single father raising his children is a rare sight indeed. However, while it is true that there are many more single mothers than fathers, dads doing their best to provide a home for their children is not as uncommon of a phenomenon as one might think.

Relatively recent statistics from the government, which were derived from the results of the last census, suggest that over 15% of all single parents were dads. Of these men, most, that is, 44%, had been through a divorce, while another one-third of them had never been married to their children's mother.

In most cases, dads were raising only one or two children on their own, but almost 1 in 10 were trying to parent three or more of their kids. Moreover, less than half, 39%, had an income of more than $50,000 a year at the time of the survey, which suggests that many of these men are going to struggle financially in order to make ends meet. These statistics do not account for men who are in joint custody arrangements with their children's mother, meaning that even if they are not technically single custodial parents, they are taking care of their children approximately half of the time.

If anything, these statistics indicate that many men in Nebraska are going to be confronted with questions and legal issues pertaining to child custody. Resolving these issues may necessitate an Omaha man's seeking out the assistance of an experienced fathers' rights and family law attorney with knowledge of the local court systems.

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