A first-of-its-kind study found that parenting time varies dramatically as you cross state lines. Nationwide, a father is likely to receive about 35% of parenting time. See how your state compares below.
Politics and parenting time
The study also shows red states have been the least eager to move toward equal custody time for both parents. Twenty-two percent of red states currently give equal custody as standard, compared to 40 percent of blue states and 59 percent of purple states.
On average, a typical divorced dad living in a red state will see his child 400 fewer hours each year than a blue-state dad and 700 fewer hours than a purple-state dad. Divorced dads in purple states receive an average of 40.2% of custody time as standard - or about 3,500 hours. Blue-state dads receive about 3,200 hours (36.6%), while red-state dads only get about 2,800 hours in a typical parenting arrangement (32.1%).
Trending toward equal time with each parent
In recent years, Massachusetts courts have moved to give divorced fathers more time with their children.
What does a parenting time custody percentage really mean?
Massachusetts' 50% parenting time equates to about 183 days per year for dad. California's 32.8% of time equates to about 120 days per year for dad. Tennessee's 21.8% of time equates to about 80 days per year.
Fathers living in an equal custody state, such as Massachusetts, are likely to see their children for 100 more days a year than fathers living in Tennessee, the state least generous to fathers.
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