This completely updated second edition presents an integrated, multidisciplinary account of children's experiences of divorce from historical, cultural and demographic perspectives. The author highlights children's resilience, but is sensitive to children's pain throughout the divorce process and afterwards. In addition he reviews the psychological, social, economic and legal consequences of divorce, and examines how children's risk is predicted by parental conflict, relationships with both parents, financial strain, custody disputes, and other factors. The author uses his family systems model to integrate research findings into a theoretical whole and to evaluate psychological interventions with divorcing and divorced families.
Chapter 7: Legal Intervention: Laws, Policies, and New Directions
Legal Intervention: Laws, Policies, and New Directions
As with psychotherapy, relatively few systematic studies have been conducted on legal interventions in divorce, including research on the numerous new laws and policies implemented in the last two decades. Some investigators have studied divorce policies with care, however, and such research is highlighted in this chapter. Because family law is controlled by each state, moreover, it is possible to consider the results of experiments conducted in the “laboratory of democracy.” Some states quickly translate new ideas into law, and effective or promising policies commonly are emulated by other states. Less successful innovations may be dropped or at least not adopted elsewhere. Thus, another way to evaluate the effectiveness of law is ...