Fortunately, bias in child custody cases has been changing over the years. The traditional view was that mothers were better suited to care for children and fathers were better suited to provide financially for a family. That meant mothers tended to get custody rights while fathers were asked to pay child support.
The more modern view is that both parents can have -- and should have -- an equal role. Mothers can work and provide for the family. Fathers can care for the kids and spend time with them.
The shift has taken time, though, and there are still those who feel like they face bias in the courtroom and in society as a whole. Below are three myths that sometimes create this bias:
- A father simply does not have enough free time to properly care for his children.
- A father is not as nurturing and loving, so he cannot raise the children as well as the mother.
- A father just does not know enough about how to raise a child to do it successfully.
These myths are based in stereotypes, and it's dangerous to apply them to all fathers as a blanket statement. While some fathers may fit this mold, there are plenty of men who are loving, nurturing and knowledgeable when it comes to their kids, and they can make the same time to raise the children as mothers. It's more important to consider each case individually to see what the best fit is for the children.
Parents who feel like they are facing any sort of unfair bias need to know all of the legal options they have.
Source: Live About, "Do Moms and Dads Have Equal Parental Rights?," Debrina Washington, accessed May 18, 2018