ERIC Number: ED223364
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Custody: An Attempt Toward Conceptual Clarification.
Approximately 10 to 15 years ago the Swedes became aware that the incidence of cohabitation under marriage-like conditions but without marriage had increased tremendously. This increasingly prevalent social behavior raised problems concerning the legal custody of the children of such unions and, ultimately, a way of granting unmarried parents joint custody of their children was worked out. For Americans and Norwegians joint custody became a social issue in the context of divorce. Research and public debate in this area have focused exclusively on the problem as found in the U. S. and Norway; until recently, there has been no discussion in Sweden about what joint custody is, could be, or should be. Custody from legal points of view is a fairly simple matter; the concept of "true" custody (i.e., custody in practice, or in "reality") is also fairly simple in nature. The concept of joint custody, however, presents complications that are evident in literature from Norway, Sweden, and the United States. Especially complicated is the issue of "equal rights and responsibilities" in the context of joint custody. Depending on how the concept is handled, the term can be meaningful and important or an empty formality. (RH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Child Custody; Cohabitation; Conceptual Analysis; Joint Custody; Norway; Sweden; United States
Note: Paper presented at the Annual NCFR Pre-Conference Workshop on Theory Construction and Research Methodology (Sweden, October 12-13, 1982).