An interesting study from the University of Calgary. “A STUDY OF PERCEPTIONS AND EXPERIENCES
OF ALBERTANS INVOLVED WITH CHILD CUSTODY AND ACCESS” or A Study of Perceptions and Experiences. Here is an interesting study delving into the perceptions of custody issues in Alberta. While we do recognize the sample size is small it does give some insights.
Following the breakdown of a family, most respondents thought a child should normally live with the mother or father, whoever is the better care provider (39.8%), or with both the mother and father through shared parenting (35.3%). Very few respondents felt that a child should live with the mother alone or the father alone.
There was a strong perception in the 2006 sample that the system is biased in favour of mothers, and that it penalizes fathers, regardless of either parents’ conduct. Many respondents reported problems with child support; lack of accountability for spending by the custodial parent and the financial strain on the non-custodial parent seemed to be the areas of greatest concern.