Wednesday, November 18, 2009

More Dads Getting Custody

The NY Times reports on the impact more women in the work force is having on child custody rulings.

There are now 2.2 million divorced women in the United States who do not have primary physical custody of their children, and an estimated 50 percent of fathers who seek such custody in a disputed divorce are granted it.

“Men are now able to argue that they spend more time with the kids than their working wives do,” says the veteran New York City divorce attorney Raoul Felder. “This is one of the dark sides of women’s accomplishments in the workplace — they’re getting a raw deal in custody cases, while men are being viewed more favorably.”

Or is it a raw deal? Is it not, in effect, the same presumption — the parent who works harder, parents less — that men have faced for years? You could make that argument, Abrahms says. You could also argue that working women are held to a higher parenting standard than working men, paying a price for not conforming to the cultural expectation that mothers be more hands-on than fathers.

Read the full article here.

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Are not judicial decisions on custodial issues supposed to be gender blind?

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maybe arenas should start a breathalyzer business.The breathalyzer vending machine business is a business that doesn't take much time and the revenue is 100% profit.

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