People in Florida may have seen an interesting news article about gender roles in marriage, and how men and women differ in their views of the ideal balance of work, home and child raising responsibilities.
While men and women, regardless of socio-economic and racial background, largely preferred an equal split between them and their spouse when it came to shared parental responsibilities, they digressed tremendously when asked how they would handle a less-than-ideal split of responsibility. In fact, almost 75 percent of women said they would rather get a divorce and raise their children alone than be in a marriage where the husband expected them to devote more time to domestic and child-raising activities.
Since very few people live in an ideal world, and making it work financially and raising a family requires sacrifice in this day and age, studies like this may help explain the exploding divorce rate.
Rather than try to make an unmanageable and unhappy marriage work, people with kids may be willing to move ahead in life separately, so long as they are able to have an equitable time sharing arrangement that allows them to spend enough time with their children. This is where many dads feel their fathers' rights aren't adequately respected by family law courts in the state.
Traditional parental gender roles are rapidly falling by the wayside, and women, in fact are less likely to want a larger portion of the child-raising responsibility. For this reason the idea of a female child custody presumption is not only outdated, it can be extremely harmful, especially when a father wants and deserves to have more time with his children.
Source: Huffington Post, "Most Women Would Rather Divorce Than Be a Housewife," Lisa Wade, Jan. 29, 2013