Behavior: One Child, Two Homes

More divorced parents are agreeing to joint custody

Nine out of ten children of divorced parents end up in the sole custody of the mother. Indeed, judges assign youngsters to the mother so routinely that lawyers usually advise their male clients not to bother bringing a case. A custody fight is "an act of futility," says New York Supreme Court Justice Sybil Hart Kooper, "unless the woman is a prostitute and practicing in front of her children, or a chronic alcoholic who falls down drunk, or a psychotic who is threatening the children's lives."...

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