The history of child custody laws in america shawn garrison in november north dakota voters rejected the parental rights initiative which would have awarded equal parenting time to each parent following divorce or separation unless one parent was deemed unfit. Focusing on child custody offers us a unique window from which to view american history it provides an intimate view of childhood and parenting but also allows us to see how the law in this arena responds to social change. This book authoritatively traces the history of custody law from ancient times to the modern day presenting the laws in historical and social context the book relies on actual statutes and case reports where available to clear up many popular misconceptions and inconsistenciesbeginning with ancient times the book provides the text of the first known custody laws explores the theory of a . A brief history of custody laws and court created fatherlessness the vast majority of custody awards since the divorce boom have been to women. Child custody laws in the united states in doing so the judge can weigh a history of domestic violence or whether the parent has had little prior contact or relationship with the child when considering restrictions on rights and possession in the 21st century a new body of case law for custody of children in military families is
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