Guest post by David Williamson
Mothers Obtain Child Custody More Often than Fathers
In 82% of cases, mothers get custody of the children. One reason for this may be, that On a purely statistical stand point, mothers are the primary up-bringer of the children (data: 2009). Even in cases where both parents work, statistics show mothers spend twice as much time engaged in primary childcare responsibilities than the fathers with mothers at 12.9 hours a week and fathers at 6.5 hours.
Court Involvement in Child Custody
In terms of how courts involve themselves in the custody process, a mere 4% of cases are actually litigated. The vast majority of cases are settled long before trial. In 51 percent of custody cases, both parents agreed on their own that the mother should have custody.
- In 29 percent of custody cases, there was no third party involvement.
- In 11 percent of custody cases, the parties agreed during mediation that the mother should have custdoy.
- In 5 percent of custody cases, the issue was resolved after a custody evaluation.
Only 4 percent of custody cases went to trial. Even of that 4 percent, only 1.5 percent completed custody litigation. Fathers won about half of those litigated cases. Approximately 91 percent of child custody cases are decided outside of court.
When it comes down to child support post settlement, there is another gender divide. In 2009, mothers would get on average $5,997 in child support, whereas fathers would only get $5,601. The problems for fathers doesn’t end there, however, as only 30% of custodial fathers receive any child support, compared to 55% of custodial mothers. To put this in perspective, then, 91% of total child support dollars are given to custodial mothers, and 9% to custodial fathers.
These statistics seem to show a stark difference between male and female custodial experiences. The figures show an average, however, so it would be unwise to lean to heavily on this picture when considering how your situation might unfold. Should you require further information and an informal discussion regarding your individual circumstances, get in touch with one of Coles-Law Solicitor’s Family Lawyers for expert advice.