A single woman with a child is the most powerful person in the Family Court
With all sympathy, I have very romantic notions of a woman who cares for her child. This is, in my mind and in the culture of most civilizations on Earth, an unassailable image.
What man would stand in the way of such an image? None.
What man does stand in the way of such an image? The loving and caring father.
Thus, the war began.