by Eleanor Bader

Fighting for Child Custody

Although children generally remain with their mothers following a divorce, when the father does sue for custody, he obtains it in 70 percent of all cases. This little-known statistic has taken on special importance in the 90’s, as men’s divorce lawyers use the threat of custody battles to gain monetary and other concessions from women. In cases where custody is disputed, judges — who are mostly male — often see the father as having greater earning potential and certainly more status in the community than the mother. These material factors can outweigh the emotional, and work heavily against awarding custody to the mother.

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