Beate Chelette in Starting to Know Podcast

In this episode with Ishu Singh, Beate shared how leadership skills can help you bring more impact to your business. Listen to the episode here.

Some men like to complain that they’re discriminated against in the courtroom. They ask, “Why do courts favor mothers in custody battles?” 

Women’s Rights in Child Custody Battles Are Quite Strong

That’s because most women (82–96%) do the majority of work when it comes to raising the children. That’s where the so-called “family court female bias” comes from. 

A man might think he’s a good father. After all, he plays with his children every weekend and has a good relationship with them. But if his wife is doing 20–30 hours more work per week taking care of the kids than he is, any child custody disputes are likely to be decided in her favor. There’s much more to raising children than playing with them. 

Reasons Behind the Family Court Female Bias

Still wondering, “Why do courts favor mothers in custody battles?” The courts look at the facts and what’s best for the children.

Women’s careers are penalized because they are more likely to take time off to care for their kids. It’s hard to re-enter the workplace if employers consider you unreliable because you have children. Most men are happy to leave this part of childcare to their wives, and then complain about a family court female bias in the event of a custody battle. 

If a man gives up his career to take care of his children and does the majority of the work, it’s quite likely that he’ll be given custody and receive child support. It isn’t so much women’s rights in child custody as it is the primary caregiver’s rights.

The gender bias in family courts comes from the fact that, most often, the primary caregiver is the woman.

If you’re still asking “Why do courts favor mothers in custody battles?” then feel free to do some research. I think you’ll find that the family court female bias is based on the realities of childcare, not any particular pro-women stance. In fact, many feminists fight for father’s rights. And those start when men step up to the plate and take equal responsibility in caring for their children. 

If you like to hear more about my stand on this matter, watch this short video I recorded below.

If you enjoyed this video, please like and subscribe. You may also appreciate “Is Gender Equality Still relevant? Why Does Gender Equality Matter In The Modern World?” Watch it here.


Let’s Grow,


Beate Chelette is the Founder of The Women’s Code and serves as the Programming Chair for the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO-LA). Once $135,000 in debt and a single mother, she successfully sold her business to Bill Gates in a multi-million dollar deal.

Beate’s supports Business Owners and organizations who want to reach them two-fold. As The Growth Architect she creates training, outreach and sponsorship programs through customized Entrepreneur skills training following the 5 Star Success Blueprint that shows step-by-step how to grow, build and scale businesses.

In addition Beate provides leadership development programs for organizations that want to implement the ROI of Balanced Leadership through The Women’s Code, her signature system that educates leaders and helps companies achieve gender equality. The Women’s Code creates and implements programs that improve organizational culture, foster productive work environments and help companies improve their people ROI.

Beate is a respected speaker and mentor and is the author of the #1 International Amazon Bestseller “Happy Woman Happy World – How to Go From Overwhelmed to Awesome”, a book that corporate trainer and best-selling author Brian Tracy calls “a handbook for every woman who wants health, success and a fulfilling career.”

If you’d like to book Beate as a speaker on Leadership or Entrepreneurship for your next event please connect here.

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