IN THE NAME OF THE FATHERS

THE STORY BEHIND CHILD CUSTODY

Almost everyone is affected by divorce, child-rearing and support and by the changing structure of the family in our society. But how many understand the issues and problems involved around custody of children when families split up? What is fair and best for the child? In this compelling expose, the author of three previous books, journalist and lecturer Susan Crean, examines the controversial phenomenon of "father's rights" and mandatory joint custody.

In the Name of the Fathers provides indisputable evidence that much that is claimed as just and equitable "in the name of the fathers" is in reality concerned more with power than with the welfare of the children involved.

AUTHOR'S NOTE

This book began as a feature story for Toronto Life and when it could not be squeezed into 2500 words, became a book. A new Family Law Reform Act had recently been passed in Ontario, and along with the advent of no-fault divorce had seemed to lead to ever more — and ever more acrimonious — battles between couples over the custody of their children. This was the era of the fathers’ rights movement, featuring accusations that family court judges discriminating against men, and men taking the law into their own hands to the point of kidnapping their children and terrorizing their ex-wives; but also of sky-rocketing numbers of deadbeat-dads who were refusing to pay child support. The book looks at the history of women’s rights as mothers, and recent trends in the courts where, in fact, women almost always lost. Lost support, lost their children, lost their homes.

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Author: Susan Crean
Pages: 186
Subjects: Custody of children Canada, Joint custody of children Canada, Divorced parents Canada, Custody of children, Divorced parents, Joint custody of children, Canada, Non-fiction

Publisher:
Sumach Press

Publication Year: 1990

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