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Author Chesler, Phyllis.

Title Mothers on trial [electronic resource] : the battle for children and custody / Phyllis Chesler.

Imprint Chicago, Ill. : Lawrence Hill Books, ©2011.

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Edition Rev. and updated 2nd ed.
Description 1 online resource (xxiii, 488 pages)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 397-401) and index.
Contents A historical overview -- A contemporary overview -- What is a "fit" mother or father? : an "unfit" mother or father? : who decides? -- Do "good enough" mothers still lose custody of their children in North America today? : the results of an original study -- The "sexual" mother : Anna Karenina today -- The "uppity" mother -- The lesbian mother -- The mother married to a violent man -- Paternal brainwashing -- The "voluntarily" noncustodial mother -- The price of battle : mothers encounter the psychological and economic law -- The mother-lawyer relationship -- The mother-judge and father-judge relationships -- Court-enabled incest in the 1980s and 1990s -- Court-enabled incest in the twenty-first century -- Legal torture from 1986 to 2010 -- The international custody situation -- The fathers' supremacist movement from the 1980s to 2010 -- Contemporary legal trends, part I : joint custody, mediation, incest, and parental alienation -- Contemporary legal trends, part II : mental illness, gay and lesbian custody, surrogacy, and the primary caretaker -- Mothers' wisdom : philosophical perspectives on having and losing children -- Mothers' voices, written on the wind : what is a custody battle really about? -- What to expect when you're expecting a divorce : an interview with divorce lawyer Susan L. Bender.
Summary Updated and revised with seven new chapters, a new introduction, and a new resources section, this landmark book is invaluable for women facing a custody battle. It was the first to break the myth that mothers receive preferential treatment over fathers in custody disputes. Although mothers generally retain custody when fathers choose not to fight for it, fathers who seek custody often win—not because the mother is unfit or the father has been the primary caregiver but because, as Phyllis Chesler argues, women are held to a much higher standard of parenting. Incorporating findings from years of research, hundreds of interviews, and international surveys about child-custody arrangements, Chesler argues for new guidelines to resolve custody disputes and to prevent the continued oppression of mothers in custody situations. This book provides a philosophical and psychological perspective as well as practical advice from one of the country's leading matrimonial lawyers. Both an indictment of a discriminatory system and a call to action over motherhood under siege, Mothers on Trial is essential reading for anyone concerned either personally or professionally with custody rights and the well-being of the children involved.
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Subject Custody of children -- United States.
Mothers -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Chesler, Phyllis. Mothers on trial. Rev. and updated 2nd ed. Chicago, Ill. : Lawrence Hill Books, ©2011 9781556529993 (DLC) 2011005769 (OCoLC)690086958
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