New law could make fathers' rights come smoother

Dad tells of spending $30,000 to win time with his kids

But other panelists said the group was open-minded and fair. The problem was not bias, but rather a lack of information, says study group member Jeff Edleson, a professor at the University of Minnesota who researches domestic violence. "There were grievances of both moms and dads who were concerned about their cases," he says. "What I wanted to see, and I didn't see, was any data."

One of the judges on the panel, Heidi Schellhas of the Minnesota Court of Appeals, also found the lack of information frustrating. "Shouldn't we figure out whether there is a problem, and if there is a problem, what is it?"

But Mahoney says the issue needs to be addressed, and soon. "My intent this year," he says, "is to move this bill forward."  

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freeny
freeny

The lack of data regarding custody determinations AFTER a full completed trial, is no accident.

If you look, you will find that virtually no public data on custody grants made to the fathers vs mothers exist.

It is a trivial thing for courts to keep track of this very fundamental data. The reason it is not kept and otherwise impossible to find, is that it is the smoking gun proof of bias and discrimination against fathers in family court.

Overall, national statistics show that mothers get sole custody ~93% of the time, that alone shows something askew, but the gold standard of bias is the ratio of custody awards after trial.

freeny
freeny

The lack of data regarding custody determinations AFTER a full completed trial, is no accident.

If you look, you will find that virtually no public data on custody grants made to the fathers vs mothers exist.

It is a trivial thing for courts to keep track of this very fundamental data. The reason it is not kept and otherwise impossible to find, is that it is the smoking gun proof of bias and discrimination against fathers in family court.

Overall, national statistics show that mothers get sole custody ~93% of the time, that alone shows something askew, but the gold standard of bias is the ratio of custody awards after trial.

 
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