So what we have here, offered as evidence, is a citation from a book by a notoriously dishonest feminist law professor – Mason – referring to another citation by a notoriously dishonest feminist sociologist referring to an un cited study in Massachusetts and a newspaper article. Weitzman, of course, is the source of the widely-cited claim that female standards of living decline 74 percent after divorce, while male standards of living increase by 23 percent. When Weitzman’s data were examined by Richard Peterson, he found that her data didn’t support her claims, or anything close to them. She blamed a programmer at Stanford for messing them up, which didn’t explain why it took her more than 10 years to turn them over to Dr. Peterson, or anyone else, for review.
The reality is that when taxes are taken into consideration – something Weitzman didn’t do – men’s and women’s standards of living both declined by approximately 10 percent at the time of Weitzman’s study, some 20 years ago. Changes in child support guidelines and liberalization of spousal support policies have since reversed the trends she reported. […]
The Massachusetts “study” was a report by that state’s Gender Bias Commission based on largely anecdotal evidence. The Gender Bias Commission considered an award of sole or joint custody – even joint legal custody – as a victory for the father, and only considered awards of sole custody as victories for the mother. They rationalized this as reasonable given that women generally asked for sole custody, while men generally asked for joint custody. So if mom has primary custody, but dad gets to visit every other weekend, the case goes into the pile of 70 percent victories for dad. Most dads I know wouldn’t consider that a victory.
[…] [W]orking mothers often lose custody to stay-at-home or less-working fathers, because the courts are supposed to award custody to the “primary caretaker.” The irony of this dynamic is that the “primary caretaker” standard was legislated by pro-feminist interest groups to ensure that women would win custody most of the time after the old gender-based standards were struck down.
Actually, there is not only no credible evidence to suggest that fathers win custody. The more important dynamic is the number of fathers who want custody, but are discouraged from litigating by the (anti-male) gender bias of the family court. Even the numbers you’ve cited say that 32 percent of fathers want custody, but less than 10 percent ask for it in court.