In reality, throughout most of the history in the country, wives have filed for divorce twice as often as husbands.
The largest cause of fatherlessness is not because the father completely avoided or abandoned his responsibility to his child(ren). The largest cause of fatherlessness is because of female-initiated divorce for no “good” reason. There is quite a number of studies that indicate the reasons for fatherlessness as female-initiated divorce, and the rates may be greater than 80%, while a lot of other studies indicate 66-75%. In reality, throughout most of the history in the country, wives have filed for divorce twice as often as husbands. The share of divorces instigated by women ranged around 60% for most of the 20th century, and climbed to more than 70% in the late 1960s when no-fault divorce was presented.
It is unfortunate that families would fall apart because people are unwilling to sacrifice or to work on their marriages more.
According to a psychologist from the Arizona State University, in a survey of 400 couples, the cause for the breakdown in the marriage is not commonly violence or abuse. Instead, it is mostly growing apart, or the inability of the spouse to meet their needs. It is unfortunate that families would fall apart because people are unwilling to sacrifice or to work on their marriages more. The Brinig-Allen study also explodes the myth of the ruthless husband, finding, for example, that cruelty is cited in only 6% of divorce applications in Virginia.
According to Richard Warshak, America’s leading expert on father custody, in the past, fathers are assumed, by nature, are better suited to protect and provide for the child, but since 1920, society viewed women to be better suited to love and care for children.
About 50% of the women in the study, see no value in the father’s involvement with the child.
When it comes to custody battles, when mothers are awarded primary or “sole” custody, 37.9% of fathers, end up with no access/visitation rights. In another study, they found that 42% of fathers fail to see their children at all after divorce. In these two studies, the it was observed that courts remove the father from the family causing the overall loss of parental contact. A lot of the time, custodial mothers prevent 77% of the non-custodial fathers from being able to visit their children, about 40% say they interfered with the father’s visitation to “punish” the him, other fathers often experience intense conflicts with their former spouses, and these conflicts prevent them from having an on-going relationship with their children. About 50% of the women in the study, see no value in the father’s involvement with the child. From these figures, we see that a lot of women do not respect the role of the father or see how critical it is for fathers to be present in the children’s lives.
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