tug of love

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Just wanted to make sure I understand it correctly:

"The Davies family were heavily absorbed in the story line of a tug of love involving the paternity of a young baby girl. The half hour of EastEnders seemed quite an intense experience for them." (Mackay and Ivey "Modern media in the home")

A tug of love is an expression which means that parents try to get a legal right to raise their child so in this case it is a father who wants to be granted custody?
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