For generations, men who have gone through divorces with their wives and who have had children of the marriage have entered into this difficult process under the negative assumption that if the custody issue was contested, the mother would almost always be awarded primary custody of those children. Unfortunately, many of those men in the past were correct, as statistics showed that the vast majority of women involved in divorces with children were awarded primary custody.
However, recent statistics that have been released indicate that this norm may be changing. According to a statistical analysis that was recently done in the United States, an estimated 50 percent of fathers who have sought primary custody of their children when this issue was contested have been awarded that custody. This would represent a large shift in the overall likelihood of fathers being awarded custody of children after their marriages end.
There are several different theories already in existence when it comes to why this estimate exists. One prominent theory is that the most recent laws in different states that deal with child custody are specifically gender neutral. In addition, with more and more women leaving the home to work, that ‘traditional’ bond between mother and child is not as prevalent as it used to be.
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What this statistical estimate should tell any father who is facing the end of his marriage is that he should not simply assume that he has no chance to retain the custody of his children. He should at least learn more about the laws that apply to his particular situation before forming any opinion regarding how this process may play out.
If you are facing the end of your marriage and you’re concerned about the ability to raise and see your children every day, you need to seek the help of San Diego child custody lawyers who have been fighting for the legal rights of fathers successfully for many years. Contact the Men’s Legal Center today to schedule an initial consultation.