Topic: Child Custody
There are certain stereotypes that persist even to this day surrounding divorce and child custody. One of the assumptions was that, in the past, the mother would receive custody of the child while the father would retain certain visitation rights. This was due to the fact that the court system always assumed that the children were closer to the mother than the father.
Fifty years ago, men were the primary breadwinners of the family while women stayed home and raised the children. This meant that women were more involved in child rearing and that, while money could be replaced with child support, there was no replacement for that time spent caring for the children. Today, child custody disputes are becoming more gender-blind.