Brian James, a divorce mediator in Chicago, answers:
No. It is stereotypical to make this assumption, especially considering the benefits to children of having both parents equally involved in their lives. However, make sure you understand what “awarded child custody” means in your particular state – it may refer to parenting time, decision-making, what address the children use for school, etc.
Brian James is an experienced divorce and family mediator with offices throughout Chicagoland and Southeastern Wisconsin. He runs a mediation practice, C.E.L. and Associates where his approach to mediation is client driven.