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Response to Egnever (Reply #72)

Fri May 30, 2014, 03:42 PM

76. That doesn't prove bias.

That just means in the 1.5% of cases when it was decided at trial, it mostly went to mothers. You don't know why, and you don't care.

There have been dozens of these studies and not one backs up the claims of MRAs.

Hereís what the Massachusetts Supreme Courtís Gender Bias Study reported (source).

We began our investigation of child custody aware of a common perception that there is a bias in favor of women in these decisions. Our research contradicted this perception. Although mothers more frequently get primary physical custody of children following divorce, this practice does not reflect bias but rather the agreement of the parties and the fact that, in most families, mothers have been the primary caretakers of children. Fathers who actively seek custody obtain either primary or joint physical custody over 70% of the time. Reports indicate, however, that in some cases perceptions of gender bias may discourage fathers from seeking custody and stereotypes about fathers may sometimes affect case outcomes. In general, our evidence suggests that the courts hold higher standards for mothers than fathers in custody determinations.


In fact, women who are victims of abusive husband's are seen as less fit parents and courts have given custody to abusers due to this fact.

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