Child Custody and Support

January 13, 1995 • Volume 5, Issue 2
Does the system serve children's best interests?
By Susan Kellam


Soaring divorce and illegitimacy rates are leaving an increasing number of children under the control of the courts. In 1993, 27 percent of all American children under 18 lived with one parent, up from 12 percent in 1970. New gender-neutral laws require judges to render custody decisions that favor neither mothers nor fathers but serve the best interests of the child. Women's rights groups argue that courts are holding working mothers to a higher standard of parental care. They face a burgeoning fathers' rights movement demanding equal time with the children of divorce through joint custody arrangements. Mediation is proving effective in quickly resolving many custody disputes. Meanwhile, Republicans and Democrats are both proposing get-tough solutions to collecting billions of dollars owed in child support.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Marriage, Divorce, and Single Parents
Dec. 01, 2017  Future of Marriage
May 07, 2004  Future of Marriage
Jan. 19, 2001  Children and Divorce
Jun. 02, 2000  Fatherhood Movement
May 10, 1996  Marriage and Divorce
Jan. 13, 1995  Child Custody and Support
Jun. 07, 1991  Children and Divorce
Oct. 26, 1990  Child Support: Payments, Progress and Problems
Jul. 06, 1990  Are Americans Still in Love with Marriage?
Feb. 03, 1989  Joint Custody: Is it Good for the Children?
Mar. 12, 1982  Trends in Child Custody and Support
Jun. 03, 1977  The Changing American Family
Sep. 10, 1976  Single-Parent Families
Jan. 25, 1974  Child Support
Oct. 10, 1973  No-Fault Divorce
Oct. 06, 1971  Marriage: Changing Institution
Nov. 27, 1963  Divorce Law Reform
May 24, 1961  Mixed Marriage
Apr. 20, 1959  Rise in Illegitimacy
Feb. 02, 1949  Marriage and Divorce
Marriage and Divorce
Welfare and Welfare Reform