Don’t ignore children of divorce

 

It’s no surprise that the nation’s attorney general yet again revs up a civil-rights investigation that targets whites and the affluent a few months before the mid-term elections ( Department of Ed revives Bright Futures probe, March 23). But, what about others who are victimized by disparate impact?

Exhibit A are the children of divorce. Their relationships with their fathers are marginalized or severed on a daily basis by the nation’s family courts as judges routinely award custody to mothers along with child support and alimony at the rate of about 85 percent. By contrast, fathers are awarded about two weekends a month for the privilege of visiting, rather than fathering their children. If this isn’t disparate impact, what is?

Sound, empirical research consistently shows that children from single-mother families have the worst developmental outcomes of all family forms.

Has the nation yet reached a tipping point where we care more about the developmental outcomes of the children of divorce than the whims of the mothers of divorce who initiate 70 percent to 80 percent of divorces?

Gordon E. Finley, Miami

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