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Back to the Drawing Board: Barriers to Joint Decision-Making in Custody Cases Involving Intimate Partner Violence

39 Pages Posted: 15 Sep 2012  

Dana Harrington Conner

Widener University Delaware Law School

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

For survivors of intimate partner violence, custody is, without question, one of the most important issues addressed by our legal system. For battered women, the court’s decision regarding their children is critical. As a result, legal scholars have examined, in depth, the value of sole custody awards in favor of battered women, as well as the dangers of joint custody. To that end, this Article considers, beyond the obvious risks of physical harm, why joint legal custody is not a viable alternative to sole legal custody in cases involving intimate partner violence. In addition, by de-constructing the fundamental aspects of co-parenting essential to an award of joint legal custody, this Article provides vital tools to judges tasked with custody determinations in cases involving domestic violence.

Keywords: family law, domestic relations, child custody, intimate partner violence, battered women

JEL Classification: K19, K39, J12

Suggested Citation

Harrington Conner, Dana, Back to the Drawing Board: Barriers to Joint Decision-Making in Custody Cases Involving Intimate Partner Violence (2011). Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy, Vol. 18, No. 2, 2011; Widener Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-33. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2146777

Dana Harrington Conner (Contact Author)

Widener University Delaware Law School ( email )

4601 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE 19803-0406
United States

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