Public Favors Equal Custody
Equal Father’s Rights and Mother’s Rights
In a new study at Arizona State University, researchers gave three hypothetical child custody cases to participants and asked them to be the judge.
In one case vignette, the mother was the primary care giver 75 percent of the time. In another, the father, and in a third they divided child care equally. In each case, neither parent wanted equal custody, but were each requesting as much living time with the children as possible because each now genuinely feels the children would be better off mostly in their care and not so much in the care of the other parent.
Surprisingly, most decided that timesharing should be equally divided in all three cases. However, when asked how a real judge would decide, most said that the mother would get more time with the children than the father. This indicates that the public perception is that courts are unfairly biased toward mother’s rights over father’s rights in custody cases.