Mothers on Trial

This book provides a philosophical and psychological perspective as well as practical advice from one of the country’s leading matrimonial lawyers.

Author: Phyllis Chesler

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 9781569769096

Category: Family & Relationships

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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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Mothers on Trial

A renowned psychologist examines the historical, cultural, and psychological bases for a mother's custody of her child and the emotional consequences on mother and child when custody is awarded to the father

Author: Phyllis Chesler

Publisher: Harvest Books

ISBN: UCSC:32106016103225

Category: Law

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A renowned psychologist examines the historical, cultural, and psychological bases for a mother's custody of her child and the emotional consequences on mother and child when custody is awarded to the father
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Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women

Mothers on trial: The battle for children and custody. New York: McGraw-Hill. ------
--- . (1979) 1998. With child: A diary of motherhood. Reprint, New York: Four
Walls Eight Windows. ---------. Women and madness. (1972) 1997. 25th
Anniversary ...

Author: Cheris Kramarae

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135963156

Category: Reference

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For a full list of entries and contributors, sample entries, and more, visit the Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women website. Featuring comprehensive global coverage of women's issues and concerns, from violence and sexuality to feminist theory, the Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women brings the field into the new millennium. In over 900 signed A-Z entries from US and Europe, Asia, the Americas, Oceania, and the Middle East, the women who pioneered the field from its inception collaborate with the new scholars who are shaping the future of women's studies to create the new standard work for anyone who needs information on women-related subjects.
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The Handbook of Divorce Mediation

Bahr, S.J., An Evaluation of Court Mediation: A Comparison in Divorce Cases
with Children, 2 J. Fam. Issues 39 (1981). ... Chesler, Phyllis, Mothers on Trial;
The Battle for Children & Custody, (New York, NY; McGraw-Hill, 1986). Cohen,
Harriet ...

Author: L. Marlow

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781489924957

Category: Psychology

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Mediation, as a procedure to assist couples in dealing with the problems incident to their separation and divorce, is still relatively new in the United States. For the would-be practitioner, that poses certain problems. Divorce mediation cannot provide a long history of generally accepted procedures. Nor is there even a body of information to which would-be practitioners can turn for instruction or guidance. And, of course, there are no established schools that can train or prepare a practitioner to do this work. To make matters worse, the situation is likely to remain in this state for some time to come. Given this fact, it was felt that it would be useful for practitioners (even for those already engaged in divorce mediation) to have a handbook which would trace a typical mediation from its inception to its conclusion and which would provide them with the substantive informa tion they need to know in order to do divorce mediation. It is hoped that this handbook will fill this need. Having said that, however, it must be acknowledged that the purpose of this book is very much beyond that. Until now, divorce mediation in the United States has been shaped principally by such books as O. J. Coogler's Structured Mediation in Divorce Settlements: A Handbook for Marital Mediators, 1 and John Haynes' Divorce Mediation: 2 A Practical Guide for Therapists and Counselors.
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The Gender Line

See, e.g., PHYLLIS CHESLER, MoTHERS ON TRIAL: THE BATTLE FOR
CHILDREN AND CUSTODY xiii (1986) (“The equal treatment of unequals is
unjust. The paternal demand for equal custodial rights; the law that values legal
paternity or ...

Author: Nancy Levit

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9780814752951

Category: Social Science

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Despite tremendous advances in civil rights, we live in a world where the sexes remain sharply segregated from birth to death: in names, clothing, social groupings, and possessions; in occupations, civic association, and domestic roles. Gender separatism, so pervasive as to be almost invisible, permeates the fabric of our daily social routines. Preferring a notion of gender that is fluid and contextual, and denying that separatism is inevitable, Nancy Levit dismantles the myths of gender essentialism Drawing on a wealth of interdisciplinary data regarding the biological and cultural origins of sex differences, Levit provides a fresh perspective on gendered behaviors and argues the need for careful cultivation of new relations between the sexes. With its focus particularly on men, The Gender Line offers an insightful overview of the construction of gender and the damaging effects of its stereotypes. Levit analyzes the ways in which law legitimizes the social segregation of the sexes through legal decisions regarding custody, employment, education, sexual harassment, and criminal law. In so doing, she illustrates the ways in which men's and women's oppressions are intertwined and how law molds the very definition of masculinity. Applying feminist methodology to the doctrine of feminism itself, Levit artfully demonstrates that gender separatism infects even our contemporary views of feminism. Levit asks questions that have been too long been unspoken--those that lie at the core of the feminist project, yet threaten its very foundations. Revealing masculinity as both a privileged and a victimized condition, she calls for a step forward, past the bounds of contemporary feminism and its conflicts, toward a more egalitarian and inclusive feminism. This brand of feminism would reshape traditional masculinity, invite men into feminist dialogue, and claim men as political allies.
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An American Bride in Kabul

Twenty years later, when I was researching international custody battles for my
1986 book, Mothers on Trial: The Battle for Children and Custody, I learned that
most (if not all) Muslim-majority countries do not allow Western mothers to leave ...

Author: Phyllis Chesler

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781137365576

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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Few westerners will ever be able to understand Muslim or Afghan society unless they are part of a Muslim family. Twenty years old and in love, Phyllis Chesler, a Jewish-American girl from Brooklyn, embarked on an adventure that has lasted for more than a half-century. In 1961, when she arrived in Kabul with her Afghan bridegroom, authorities took away her American passport. Chesler was now the property of her husband's family and had no rights of citizenship. Back in Afghanistan, her husband, a wealthy, westernized foreign college student with dreams of reforming his country, reverted to traditional and tribal customs. Chesler found herself unexpectedly trapped in a posh polygamous family, with no chance of escape. She fought against her seclusion and lack of freedom, her Afghan family's attempts to convert her from Judaism to Islam, and her husband's wish to permanently tie her to the country through childbirth. Drawing upon her personal diaries, Chesler recounts her ordeal, the nature of gender apartheid—and her longing to explore this beautiful, ancient, and exotic country and culture. Chesler nearly died there but she managed to get out, returned to her studies in America, and became an author and an ardent activist for women's rights throughout the world. An American Bride in Kabul is the story of how a naïve American girl learned to see the world through eastern as well as western eyes and came to appreciate Enlightenment values. This dramatic tale re-creates a time gone by, a place that is no more, and shares the way in which Chesler turned adversity into a passion for world-wide social, educational, and political reform.
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Intergroup Cognition and Intergroup Behavior

Journal of Applied Psychology, 42, 213-217. Chesler, P. (1987). Mothers on trial:
The battle for children and custody. New York: Harcourt Brace. Chesler, P. (1991)
. Mothers on trial: The custodial vulnerability of. 172 BIERNAT, VESCIO, MANIS.

Author: Constantine Sedikides

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9781134797653

Category: Psychology

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Social psychology has maintained a keen interest over the years in issues related to intergroup behavior, such as ingroup favoritism and discrimination. The field has also been preoccupied with ways to reduce prejudice and discrimination. Intergroup contact has been offered as the main mechanism for prejudice and discrimination reduction. In the last 15 years, the social cognitive perspective has been applied to the study of intergroup relations. Theoretical advances have been made regarding such issues as the representation of information about ingroup and outgroup members, the structural properties of stereotypes, the relation between cognitive representation and judgment, and the ways in which cognition, effect, and motivation interactively influence the perception, judgment, and memory of ingroup and outgroup members. The first volume in this new series, this book seeks to bring the above two traditions together. Focusing on the interplay between cognition and behavior in intergroup settings, it addresses four general questions: * How does intergroup cognition (perceptions, judgments, and memories) influence intergroup behavior (ingroup favoritism and discrimination)? * How does intergroup behavior subsequently change intergroup cognition? * What is the mediational role of effect, motivational processes, and social context? * How effective can change in intergroup cognition be in altering intergroup behavior? This volume focuses not on a specific theory but rather on an approach. This approach is the interface between intergroup cognition and intergroup behavior. The various contributors are leading investigators in these areas and share the belief that the field has reached a level of maturity where it can start asking the hard questions regarding the complex and multifaceted ways in which intergroup cognition and behavior are related. The investigators do not just summarize their work. Instead, they connect aspects of their work to the theme of the volume and integrate their work with existing approaches in the relevant literature.
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Woman s Inhumanity to Woman

Her books include Wbmen and Madness (1972); Women, Mongr and Power (
1976); About Men (1978); With Child: A Diapr Q/1 Motherhood (1979); Mothers
on Trial: The Battle firr Children and Custody (1986); Sacred Bond: The Legacy
Qf ...

Author: Phyllis Chesler

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 9781569762783

Category: Psychology

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Drawing on the most important studies in psychology, human aggression, anthropology, and primatology, and on hundreds of original interviews conducted over a period of more than 20 years, this groundbreaking treatise urges women to look within and to consider other women realistically, ethically, and kindly and to forge bold and compassionate alliances. Without this necessary next step, women will never be liberated. Detailing how women's aggression may not take the same form as men's, this investigation reveals--through myths, plays, memoir, theories of revolutionary liberation movements, evolution, psychoanalysis, and childhood development--that girls and women are indeed aggressive, often indirectly and mainly toward one another. This fascinating work concludes by showing that women depend upon one another for emotional intimacy and bonding, and exclusionary and sexist behavior enforces female conformity and discourages independence and psychological growth.
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Decision Making and Controversies in State Supreme Courts

In a child custody battle case involving a father, mother, and three children, the
Alabama Supreme Court was asked by the ... Civil Appeals had improperly
reversed the trial court's decision denying the mother's request for custody
modification.

Author: Salmon A. Shomade

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781498543002

Category: Law

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This book examines state Supreme Court decision making during controversies involving religion, race, and gender skirmishes. It analyzes predominant factors influencing state Supreme Court decision making during controversies involving justices serving in these courts and confronting these crises.
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Minds on Trial

The story of King Solomon tells of two women who each argued that she was the
rightful mother of a child. ... to agree on custody matters and the result is often a
highly contentious and bitter battle for custody of the children that forces judges to
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Author: Charles Patrick Ewing

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199884612

Category: Psychology

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In recent years, the public has become increasingly fascinated with the criminal mind. Television series centered on courtroom trials, criminal investigations, and forensic psychology are more popular than ever. More and more people are interested in the American system of justice and the individuals who experience it firsthand. Minds on Trial: Great Cases in Law and Psychology gives you an inside view of 20 of the highest profile legal cases of the last 50 years. Drs. Ewing and McCann take you "behind the scenes" of each of these cases, some involving celebrities like Woody Allen, Mike Tyson, and Patty Hearst, and explain the impact they had on the fields of psychology and the law. Many of the cases in this book, whether involving a celebrity client or an ordinary person in an extraordinary circumstance, were determined in part by the expert testimony of a psychologist or other mental health professional. Psychology has always played a vital role in so many aspects of the American legal system, and these fascinating trials offer insight into many intriguing psychological issues. In addition to expert testimony, some of the issues discussed in this entertaining and educational book include the insanity defense, brainwashing, criminal profiling, capital punishment, child custody, juvenile delinquency, and false confessions. In Minds on Trial, the authors skillfully convey the psychological and legal drama of each case, while providing important and fresh professional insights. Mental health and legal professionals, as well as others with an interest in psychology and the law will have a hard time putting this scholarly, yet readable book down.
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Children Courts and Custody

DCM is a philosophy of judicial administration that asks the child custody court to
triage disputes according to the risks they present and to ... The Vermont trial
court ordered joint custody , with primary physical custody to the father based on
the parents ... The mother charged the father with physical abuse , which a
mental health evaluation found unsubstantiated . ... and depressive behavior
patterns were the result of the protracted and contentious custody battle , not
sexual abuse .

Author: Andrew Schepard

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521529301

Category: Law

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Courts today seek to involve both parents in a child's life rather than choosing between them. Mediation and education have replaced the courtroom as the primary forum for resolving parental disputes. This book provides an overview of these trends in law, conflict resolution and mental health and the empirical research that supports them. It analyzes the principle challenges facing the child custody court of today: assuring the safety of parents and children from violence and providing access to justice and services. It examines how the roles of key courtroom players - judges, lawyers for both parents and children and mental health professionals - must change to promote the best interests of children. The book concludes with an agenda for reform of the child custody court based on interdisciplinary collaboration that can help courts meet the needs of twenty-first century parents and children.
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Child Custody a to Z

This book explains and addresses: How to choose an attorney How to impeach court experts How to gather evidence How to expose a personality disorder How to investigate your case Child Custody A to Z is replete with case studies that tell ...

Author: Guy White

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9780595784585

Category: Family & Relationships

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Help! is the first word a parent yells when dealing with a child custody battle. Author Guy White cuts through and captures the essence of how child custody cases are won and lost. Child Custody A to Z navigates you through the flawed system of justice. Evidence is the most overlooked aspect of a child custody case. This book explains and addresses: How to choose an attorney How to impeach court experts How to gather evidence How to expose a personality disorder How to investigate your case Child Custody A to Z is replete with case studies that tell the real story of the controversial game of child custody. There is no substitute for preparation. White reveals judges, attorneys and court experts for their bias and incompetence. The author takes you through the step-by-step formula for winning with evidence.
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The New York Times Book Review

MOTHERSON TRIAL The Battle for Children and Custody. By Phyllis Chesler.
651 pp. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company. $22.95. By Wendy Kaminer
EARLY 15 years ago in “Women and Madness,” Phyllis Chesler suggested that ...

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Disappearing Act

Disappearing Act chronicles the harrowing years Murphy and Colin spent on the run, as Guy and Angelou attempt to track them down. Eventually Sharon is caught and Colin is returned to his abusive father.

Author: Sharon Murphy

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1490523448

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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Disappearing Act is a gripping story that reveals the saga of an ordinary woman's struggle against the influence of her ex-husband's powerful mother, famed author Maya Angelou. With extraordinary honesty, Murphy recounts her marriage to Angelou's charismatic son, Guy Johnson. Guy becomes violent, but not before the author gives birth to their son Colin. To protect Colin, Sharon pursues a divorce. But money, power, and influence put Colin in Guy's custody, despite his violent behavior. Realizing that neither she nor her son would ever live in peace and safety, Murphy makes the controversial decision to kidnap her own son. Disappearing Act chronicles the harrowing years Murphy and Colin spent on the run, as Guy and Angelou attempt to track them down. Eventually Sharon is caught and Colin is returned to his abusive father. Her subsequent incarceration and release are recounted in painful detail. The author has found an astonishing emotional truth about these events that both scarred and defined her family.
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What Every Woman Should Know About Divorce and Custody Rev

Suzanne, Nancy, and Kate each lost the custody battle for her children. It wasn't
because they were neglectful, inept, or irresponsible mothers. They happened to
be both warm and loving. But so were their ex-husbands. More importantly, their
 ...

Author: Gayle Rosenwald Smith J.D.

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440623585

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 368

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Women are still discovering-the hard way-just how difficult and unpredictable child custody cases can be. The first and most comprehensive book of its kind, this is a complete insider's guide filled with crucial advice from judges, lawyers, therapists, and mothers who have experienced this challenging legal process. It is designed for women at every stage of divorce and covers a wide range of legal strategies, as well as financial and psychological issues. This updated edition describes how to use technology advantageously and pitfalls to avoid, as well as changes in interstate custody laws and essential topics such as: - Choosing a lawyer - What to expect before and in court - Blended families - Domestic violence risk factors for women - What makes a custody agreement good or bad - Dealing with your emotions - Parental kidnapping cases - An appendix of recommended reading
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Law and Religion

59 (1981) in which a trial judge awarded custody of a child to his father, despite
the fact that the child had been raised ... because the father was “better able to
provide financial support and maintenance than the natural mother” and “has a
somewhat ... The article describes a custody battle between two sets of
grandparents.

Author: Stephen M. Feldman

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 081472678X

Category: Law

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Following landmark trade agreements between Japan and the United States in the 1850s, Tokyo began importing a unique American commodity: Western social activism. As Japan sought to secure its future as a commercial power and American women pursued avenues of political expression, Protestant church-women and, later, members of the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) traveled to the Asian coast to promote Christian teachings and women's social activism. Rumi Yasutake reveals in Transnational Women's Activism that the resulting American, Japanese, and first generation Japanese-American women's movements came to affect more than alcohol or even religion. While the WCTU employed the language of evangelism and Victorian family values, its members were tactfully expedient in accommodating their traditional causes to suffrage and other feminist goals, in addition to the various political currents flowing through Japan and the United States at the turn of the nineteenth century. Exploring such issues as gender struggles in the American Protestant church and bourgeois Japanese women's attitudes towards the "pleasure class" of geishas and prostitutes, Yasutake illuminates the motivations and experiences of American missionaries, U.S. WCTU workers, and their Japanese protégés. The diverse machinations of WCTU activism offer a compelling lesson in the complexities of cultural imperialism.
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Child Murder and British Culture 1720 1900

70 During the trial, similar accusations were made about Besant and Bradlaugh:
Be- sant refers to a newspaper editor ... the sacrificial mother was, ironically,
enhanced by her unfortunate loss of her own daughter, Mabel, in a custody battle
 ...

Author: Josephine McDonagh

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521781930

Category: Literary Criticism

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McDonagh examines the idea of child murder in British culture in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
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West s Southern Reporter

dered that custody of the parties ' son would The trial court ' s order also stated
the follow - change from the mother to the father i ing ... SECOND : Assuming that
the ( mother ] does not choose to accept the job offered in ( 1 ) Initially , we note
that when a trial Battle Creek ... settled that in a child not to have a new ' tender
years ' presump - custody modification case , the court ' s prition recognized by
the ...

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Southern Reporter

Trial court in child custody dispute between mother and maternal grandparents
erred in concluding that to uproot ... test to be applied in custody proceedings
when battle is between parents, preference of child is but factor to be considered
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ISBN: UCAL:B3588661

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