Joint custody fails to reduce violence

Ottawa Citizen 25 September 2006

Joint custody fails to reduce violence by ex-spouses, researcher says

By Dave Rogers, CanWest News Service; Ottawa Citizen Ottawa

Joint custody fails to reduce violence — Shared child custody after marriage breakdown can perpetuate spousal violence instead of promoting an amicable divorce settlement, according to a study by a University of Quebec sociologist.

Denyse Cote, who has completed a study of residents of women’s shelters in the Outaouais and Montreal, says most of the women she interviewed told her that their former partners continued to abuse them after courts decided on joint custody for their children.

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What is being proved by asking women in women’s shelters? It’s like asking customers at McDonalds whether they ever eat fast food.

The title of the article asserts: “Joint custody fails to reduce violence by ex-spouses, researcher says”.  The article moderates that a little and tunes it down to state: “Shared child custody after marriage breakdown can perpetuate spousal violence…”  Right. Right, and if there were no humans on Earth, there would be no sin and therefore Paradise would prevail forever.

Why does Dave Rogers object to children having access and care by both of the children’s parents?  That it the best parenting arrangement possible for children, the one that provide the best possible outcomes.  So, let’s got for that.  After all.  It’s all being done in the best interest of the children, or is that a little detail that everyone convenienently forgot about?

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