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Quite some time ago, many judicial systems subscribed to something called the "tender years" doctrine. That doctrine held that children, especially young children, needed their mother. This was a theory that began many decades ago and was abolished around the 90's. As such, when the parents walk into court, they are presumed to be equal and it is up to each of them to demonstrate that they are the "better" parent.
With all that said, there are some judges that are very old-fashioned. If your case is assigned to such a judge, they may take the position that the mother is more accustomed to caring for the children while the father is more accustomed to earning a paycheck.
As to your situation specifically, I have no idea why the attorney is making statements about "100% child custody". Perhaps he is trying to make her overly confident, perhaps he is misleading her, perhaps your wife misunderstood. Regardless, I would suggest that such an outcome is very unlikely.
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