Inequality in Child Custody Cases

Dads are good parents too!

“Inequality” has become a modern political buzzword, usually used in the context of an outrage that demands legislative correction.

Lately the gap in pay between men and women has raised a few hackles. Critics say that although women make up approximately half of all workers in the United States, they earn on average only 77 percent of what the average male makes. Others point out that African Americans and Latinos are imprisoned in the United States in ratios disproportionate to the overall population.

Those discrepancies are often regarded as clear evidence of bias. But an inexplicable and unfair gap in child custody awards draws little attention from the media or outrage from those who demand a strictly level playing field in other cultural arenas.

This quote, from an opinion article in Nebraska newspaper The Courier, highlights the fact that fathers seem to get the short end of the stick an unfair amount of the time when it comes to child custody. We’re not quite sure why there isn’t more said about this glaring inequality, but with studies showing that non-custodial parents have access to their children less than 20% of the time, aren’t things due for a change?

Experts agree that having two parents involved, whether they live together or not, leads to healthier lives for children, and we meet dads all the time who are absolute evidence that men are perfectly capable of raising children as well as anyone. As far as we’re concerned, there is no argument – parenting time should be as equal as possible, with what’s best for the child taking priority over the preconceived notions that so often stand in the way.