The title of the article pretty much sums up how hard it is for a man to have custody of his children.
Father gets divorced, ex-wife remarries a sex offender who spent 4 years in jail for sexually assaulting a 15yo step daughter from a previous marriage. Ex-wife takes the girls to live with the sex offender. Father gets worried for his girls safety. Goes to court to get custody.
Court asks ex-wife if it's safe for the girls. Ex-wife says "it's totally safe for the girls to live with my sex offender new husband". Provides evidence of safety (he went to rehab and hadn't been convicted of assault in last 13yrs). Courts responds, "good enough for us". Court rules living with sex offender poses "NO SIGNIFICANT RISK to his daughters"!
Father gets mad, goes to court again to appeal the verdict. Appeals Court upholds initial finding. Girls have to stay with mom and sex offender.
The state says it is a significant risk to leave children alone unsupervised with sex offenders (no shit). However, if the custodial parent (almost always the mom) can show "evidence" that it's safe then presumption of risk DISAPPEARS! link: http://tinyurl.com/jqvby6d
Still think that as a father you have a chance of getting custody? So far this month I've read from local-ish midwest USA newspapers: a mother has kids live with sex offender, a mother put in mental hospital and a mother being arrested for doing meth. In all 3 cases the Father fought for more custody and in all 3 cases the mother retained full custody. (fyi in the mental hospital case the mom was released, then she killed the kids)
Let it sink in...