Equality Between Adults and Children: Its Meaning, Implications, and Opposition

23 Pages Posted: 10 May 2014

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

Family law scholars have devoted much attention to equality among groups of adults and some attention to equality between groups of children. There has been little exploration, however, of the notion of equality between adults and children. In this Article, I first explain what it means at a basic, theoretical level to speak of such equality. I then identify some practical implications. Finally, I consider why there is great resistance to many practical implications of children’s equality, even among those who would consider themselves advocates for child welfare.

Keywords: child rearing, children's rights, parents' rights, parentage, custody, TPR, child maltreatment, education

Suggested Citation

Dwyer, James Gerard, Equality Between Adults and Children: Its Meaning, Implications, and Opposition (2013). Michigan State Law Review, p. 1017, 2013; William & Mary Law School Research Paper No. 09-277. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2434715

James Gerard Dwyer (Contact Author)

William & Mary Law School ( email )

South Henry Street
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
United States

HOME PAGE: http://law2.wm.edu/faculty/bios/fulltime/dwyer-648.php

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