'If It Shall Seem Just and Proper': The Effect of Race and Morals on Alimony and Child Support Appeals in the District of Columbia, 1950-1980

Journal of Family History, 1998, 23: 441

36 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2013

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Sheila Ards

University of Minnesota

William A. Darity

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Department of Economics; Duke University - Department of Economics

Samuel Myers

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs

Date Written: October 1, 1998

Abstract

This article tests the hypothesis that judicial arbitrariness dominated alimony or child support appeals in the pre-no-fault era by analyzing data on all alimony and child support appeals in the District of Columbia from 1950 through 1980. Censored regression analysis is used to isolate the impacts of race and morals grounds for divorce on changes in alimony and child support awards from trial to appeal. The results show large race effects but small morals effects. Judicial discretion measured by unexplained gaps in awards dominated relevant economic factors in determining changes in alimony and child support awards during the pre-no-fault era.

Keywords: morals, alimon, child suppor, appeals, District of Columbiam, gaps, judicial arbitrainess, regression analysis, black inner cycle, pre-no-fault era

Suggested Citation

Ards, Sheila and Darity, William A. and Myers, Samuel, 'If It Shall Seem Just and Proper': The Effect of Race and Morals on Alimony and Child Support Appeals in the District of Columbia, 1950-1980 (October 1, 1998). Journal of Family History, 1998, 23: 441. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2364574

Sheila Ards

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William A. Darity

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Department of Economics ( email )

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Duke University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Samuel Myers (Contact Author)

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs ( email )

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Minneapolis, MN 55455
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