9781604136890

Child Custody Issues

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  • ISBN13:

    9781604136890

  • ISBN10:

    1604136898

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-01-30
  • Publisher: Facts on File
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Summary

Child custody is one of the most contentious areas of the law, with parents battling over control of their children. In this title, three major areas of controversy in child custody are examined: the viability of the "best interests of the child" standard; the rights of custodial and noncustodial parents; and the impact of race in child custody proceedings. Is the "best interests" standard too malleable or does it provide needed flexibility? Does the law unduly favor custodial parents or should noncustodial parents receive more rights? Should race even be a factor in child custody disputes? Child Custody Issues addresses these questions and many more and proves key examples through primary source materials.

Author Biography

David L. Hudson Jr. is a research attorney with the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University. He has published widely on First Amendment and other constitutional law issues. Alan Marzilli, M.A., J.D., is a program associate with Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. He works primarily on developing training and educational materials for agencies of the federal government.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 6
Introduction: An Overview of Child Custodyp. 11
Point
The Best Interests Standard Works in Child Custody Disputesp. 18
Counterpoint
The Best Interests Standard Is Too Subjectivep. 28
Point
Laws Should Favor the Custodial Parent in Relocation Disputesp. 37
Counterpoint
The Interests of the Noncustodial Parent Should Be Given Greater Protectionp. 47
Point
Race Should Not Be a Factor in Child Custody Decisionsp. 56
Counterpoint
Race Is a Valid Concern in Child Custody Disputesp. 67
Conclusion: The Future of Child Custodyp. 75
Appendix: Beginning Legal Researchp. 85
Elements of the Argumentp. 88
Notesp. 90
Resourcesp. 93
Picture Creditsp. 96
Indexp. 97
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Excerpts

Child custody is one of the most contentious areas of the law, with parents battling over control of their children. In this all-new title, three major areas of controversy in child custody are examined: the viability of the best interest of the child standard; the rights of custodial and noncustodial parents; and the impact of race in child custody proceedings. Is the best interest standard too malleable or does it provide needed flexibility? Does the law unduly favor custodial parents or should noncustodial parents receive more rights? Should race even be a factor in child custody disputes? Child Custody Issues addresses these questions and many more in clear prose and examples through primary source material.

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