Spousal abuse doesn’t happen only to women. According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 10% of men in the U.S. have experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner. However, the actual number might be higher since men are more likely not to report due to stigma: many men don’t want to be appear “weak” by admitting they were hurt by a woman.
Good news for divorced dads: family courts no longer presume that mothers should be the primary parent. Instead of favoring gender, judges look for the following factors when determining a parent’s fitness for custody:
Whether your wife did you wrong, or you’re the one to pull the plug, no one wins when a divorce turns dirty – except lawyers. So put aside your grievances towards your STBX and follow these tips to keep your divorce as low-conflict as possible.
If you’re divorcing due to your wife’s substance abuse, your situation may be more common than you think. According to a 2018 report from the National Institute on Drug Abuse: