Behavior: Child's Point of View

In divorce cases, most people consider it obvious that one parent should get the child and the other parent legally enforceable visiting rights. But "most people" does not include the authors of Beyond the Best Interests of the Child, a surprising application of psychoanalytic insight to child-custody law.

Among the conclusions of the book:

> The parent who wins custody of a child should make all decisions about the child's life, including when—or whether—the other parent should visit. The courts must not be used to enforce visiting privileges if the parents fail to agree.

> A "natural" parent who has given...

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