Traditional roles in which the father has been characterized as the breadwinner and the mother being the primary caregiver have historically resulted in mothers being awarded status as the custodial parent and fathers receiving less time-sharing. However, these traditional gender roles have changed in more recent history due to many homes consisting of two full-time working parents. In these families, it is not uncommon for both parents to share in the responsibility of raising the children.
Courts have begun to recognize a father's parental rights and, as such, prefer arrangements that provide for liberal time-sharing with both of a child's parents, as well as joint decision making. Courts make decisions pertaining to custody and the amount of time sharing to be awarded based on the best interest of the child.