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When courts give mothers child custody, it’s for a reason

On Behalf of | May 21, 2015 | Child Custody

There has long been an idea that courts are biased when it comes to custody hearings and that they give child custody rights to mothers more often because of this bias alone. However, according to some research, the courts are not biased at all. They are just giving mothers the custody rights because it makes the most sense and it is in the best interests of the children.

The first point offered up by a recent study carried out by the Pew Research Center is that fathers are less active in primary child care when the couple are still married. They only did these types of primary care activities for about 6.5 hour each week, while women were at nearly double that, with 12.9 hours per week.

One interesting thing to note is that more and more families have both mothers and fathers who work, so this difference is not just due to the fact that mothers are home all day and fathers are at work. They’re both at work, the study claims, but the mothers then come home and spend far more time with their children.

After the divorce, similar trends hold true. For instance, a mere 22 percent of those fathers who were divorced still saw their children multiple times every week. The largest percentage — 29 percent — saw their children from once a month to once a week on average.A full 27 percent of fathers did not see their children at all after the divorce.

Child custody battles in Colorado can be difficult. Be sure that you know all of your legal options so that you can fight for your rights.

Source: Huffington Post, “Dispelling The Myth Of Gender Bias In The Family Court System,” Cathy Meyer, accessed May. 21, 2015