An Examination of Child Custody and the Best Interest of Children
Sostoi, Rachael A.
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Divorce has become more and more socially accepted and easier to obtain. It was a major change in a child’s life. Divorce had the potential to leave children with long-term negative effects and emotional problems. The majority of custody hearings awarded custody to the mother. The courts believed that maternal care was in the best interest of the child and that the mother would be better suited to raise the child alone, with minimal time spent with the father. Children need access to both parents at all times to have adjusted well to change. Thirty-three divorce cases were studied to examine patterns resulting from which parent was awarded custody.