ERIC Number: ED233818
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Yours, Mine or Ours: Child Custody Decisions. Revised.
Beeson, Betty Spillers
Being knowledgeable about child custody issues is one way teachers of young children can be prepared to meet their noninstructional responsibilities related to divorce. Whereas, in the past, courts have awarded custody to one parent, with increasing frequency divorcing parents are now given joint custody. California law makes joint custody the preferred resolution of custody litigation. Currently, neither a uniform, generally accepted definition of joint custody nor much research concerning joint custody exists. However, preliminary research results presently available indicate positive aspects of joint custody: parents awarded joint custody are generally satisfied with the arrangement, a continuing relationship with both parents is important for children, and children in joint custody generally adjust well. Evidence further suggests that parents can cooperate in raising their children and that litigation after divorce decreases in joint custody cases. Various recommendations (for example, that an interdisciplinary team approach be taken) have been made for advising courts about the best interests of the child in divorce cases. Early childhood educators can be important members of such interdisciplinary teams. Additionally, they can play a valuable role in the classroom by helping children with adjustment problems that originate in divorce. (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Joint Custody; Research Results
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Childhood Education International (Cleveland, OH, April 14-17, 1983).