Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Hanna Rosin Says That Discrimination Against Fathers Is Exaggerated

From Rosin's Slate article:  

It used to be that women had to worry about men disappearing after they got pregnant or divorced. Now, some women have the opposite problem. A growing fathers’ rights movement is aggressively challenging what it sees as the courts’ assumption that the mother is the only real parent.  Men’s rights activists air their grievances about unfair child custody laws on sites such as A Voice for Men and on subreddits like Men’s Rights and The Red Pill

And: 

One recent study showed that people are generally in favor of joint custody, but they believe that divorce courts are seriously slanted toward mothers.

And, this too: 

But is this actually true? “There’s a real perception—even women share it—that courts are unfair to fathers,” says Ira Ellman, a custody expert at Arizona State University. But in fact the great revolution in family court over the past 40 years or so has been the movement away from the presumption that mothers should be the main, or even sole, caretakers for their children. Individual cases like Patric’s may raise novel legal issues, but on the whole, courts are fair to men, particularly men who can afford a decent lawyer.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/gender_law/2014/05/hanna-rosin-says-that-discrimination-against-fathers-is-exaggerated.html

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