This paper investigates why mothers are losing to fathers in contested child custody battles that have occurred between 1980 and 2003. It employs quantitative, qualitative, and contextual strategies to understand the complex set of forces involved. The findings suggest that single mothers and children are increasingly trapped in a war zone between cost conscious policymakers ideologically opposed to the welfare state, angry fathers shouldering the burden of a shift from public to private transfers of funding in the form of child support, religious zealots intent on turning back the clock to a mythical patriarchal Eden, and the legal doctrine of gender neutrality reflecting these political forces.
Goodman, J. (2004), "MOTHERS AND CHILDREN: CAUGHT IN THE WARZONE", Studies in Law, Politics and Society (Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, Vol. 32), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 163-196. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1059-4337(03)32005-8Download as .RIS
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