Mothers on Trial: The Battle for Children and Custody

Mothers on Trial: The Battle for Children and Custody

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by Phyllis Chesler
     
 

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Passionate and perceptive, the highly praised Mothers on Trial is both an indictment of a discriminatory system and a celebration of motherhood under seige. It is essential reading for anyone concerned, either personally or professionally, with custody rights. See more details below

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Passionate and perceptive, the highly praised Mothers on Trial is both an indictment of a discriminatory system and a celebration of motherhood under seige. It is essential reading for anyone concerned, either personally or professionally, with custody rights.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Psychologist Chesler (Women and Madness, etc.) argues that there is a double standard in our patriarchal society that governs the rights of women, children and child custody. PW called this ``a deeply felt book that is sure to be controversial.'' (March)
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“Heavily documenting her book with legal precedent, expert input, and studies, Chesler makes her case with all of her zeal intact. Fresh, [and] timely content” —Library Journal in its STARRED review of the revised, 2nd edition of Mothers on Trial

“An unblinking look at gender bias in child-custody battles.”—Kirkus Reviews on the revised, 2nd edition of Mothers on Trial

“Sure to inspire anger, understanding and action.” —Gloria Steinem on the 1st edition of Mothers on Trial

 

“Extremely subversive. . . . It should and will enrage, entice, incite and liberate.” —Kate Millett on the 1st edition of Mothers on Trial
 

“A stunning and exhaustive indictment of the treatment of mothers by the modern justice system. Highly recommended.” —Library Journal on the 1st edition of Mothers on Trial

“No brief review can do justice to the scope or style of her current book, a rich fabric of woven of compelling data from her interviews with warring parents, evocations of myth and poetry, and the transcribed voices of mothers on trial.”
Psychology Today on the 1st edition of Mothers on Trial

“An essential work.” —Erica Jong on the 1st edition of Mothers on Trial

Library Journal
In this new edition of her 1986 groundbreaking book, Chesler, a psychotherapist and women's studies scholar, retires dated material and adds eight new chapters. By supporting her original contentions with new cases, the author demonstrates again that despite commonly held notions, courtroom custody battles continue to victimize mothers and their children, too often favoring fathers who are abusive, neglectful, or otherwise unfit. Chesler presents a good review of present-day legal trends, including the current darling of family courts, the joint-custody agreement. She relies on studies and experts to call into question the effectiveness of joint custody in all but the most mature and cordial of splits. Also new is a well-presented discussion of the challenges and biases lesbians face in custody fights with former husbands and the sometimes onerous conditions under which these mothers are allowed to retain custody. VERDICT Heavily documenting her book with legal precedent, expert input, and studies, Chesler makes her case with all of her zeal intact. Fresh, timely content, extensive annotations, and a helpful listing of resources on women's and children's issues recommend this book for legal and women's studies collections.—Joan Pedzich, Harris Beach PLLC, Rochester, NY
Kirkus Reviews

An unblinking look at gender bias in child-custody battles.

Fathers'-rights advocates have picketed her lectures, but Chesler (Psychology, Women's Studies/CUNY;Woman's Inhumanity to Woman, 2009, etc.) storms the gates with a compelling and well-researched update of her 1986 landmark title. With eight new chapters, the author continues her investigation into how patriarchal attitudes and laws are prejudiced against mothers during custody battles. By analyzing hundreds of legal documents and interviewing custody experts as well as mothers, fathers and children from diverse backgrounds, the author outlines the decline in legal justice many mothers have experienced since 1986. Breaking up the parade of bleak statistics, the Chesler weaves heart-rending (and enraging) stories of the "good enough" mother, a sole caregiver often slandered as morally questionable if she has a relationship during her divorce or as mentally unbalanced if she is emotional about the loss of her children. Yet the "good enough" father, Chesler writes, performs a few household chores and is applauded as an exceptional parent, regardless of his personal lifestyle. While other sources could likely produce as many horror stories about judicial bias against fathers, Chesler's facts cannot be denied: 37 percent of the men in her study kidnapped and brainwashed their children against the mother but were never punished; 70 percent of all the battles resulted in court-ordered paternalcustody; 90 percent of all the fathers paid no alimony. The author also includes straightforward advice for readers from mothers and a divorce lawyer, along with several resources for additional help.

Chesler sheds light in corners that must be explored.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780931188466
Publisher:
Avalon Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1987
Pages:
558

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