Mending Broken Families: Social Policies for Divorced Families

Mending Broken Families: Social Policies for Divorced Families

by Emily M. Douglas


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Since the 1970s, policy-makers and advocates for mothers, fathers, and children have attempted to remedy some of the inherent problems of divorce-such as conflict over the children, delegation of decision-making responsibiities, poor communication skills, and lack of knowledge about children experiencing divorce-through state-level legislation for divorcing or divorced families. These policies have taken the forms of mandated mediation, legal presumptions for particular custodial arrangements, child support orders, divorce education programs for parents, and parenting plans. Mending Broken Families introduces social policies for divorced families by discussing their history and provides the first comprehensive assessment and review of their effectiveness.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742542778
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/29/2006
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.62(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Emily M. Douglas is assistant professor in the Master of Social Work Program at Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts. Her background is in public policy and her work addresses social policies that affect children and families.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 1. Introduction Chapter 3 2. Mediation Chapter 4 3. Divorce Education Programs Chapter 5 4. Parenting Plans Chapter 6 5. Joint Custody Chapter 7 6. Declaring a Rebuttable Presumption in Child Custody Statute Chapter 8 7. Emerging Trends: Difficult Cases and Efforts Toward Prevention Chapter 9 8. Conclusions and Recommendations

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