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.
The percentages in the study reflect cases in which both parents want custody and no extenuating circumstances exist – such as criminal convictions or long-distance separation. It demonstrates the most commonly awarded parenting schedules given to a non-custodial parent by state.
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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