USA – Randi James’s BLOG – Joint Custody: Plausible, Attractive, but no Evidence Supporting It – WHAT?

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GO – http://www.randijames.com/2009/08/joint-custody-plausible-attractive-but.html

Comments and Credits below – May I suggest looking @ the LNK above as this may well be a head on debate and it will update fast.

 

Joint Custody: Plausible, Attractive, but no Evidence Supporting It

(emphasis mine)

“Custody arrangements may matter far less for the well-being of children than had been thought . The rationale for joint custody is so plausible and attractive that one is tempted to disregard the disappointing evidence and support it anyway. But based on what is known now, we think custody and visitation matter less for children than how much conflict there is between the parents and how effectively the parent the child lives with functions. It is likely that a child who alternates between the homes of a distraught mother and an angry father will be more troubled than a child who lives with a mother who is coping well and who once a fortnight sees a father who has disengaged from his family. Even the frequency of visits with a father seem to matter less than the climate in which they take place. Joint physical custody should be encouraged only in cases where both parents voluntarily agree to it imposing joint physical custody would invite continuing conflict without any clear benefits. In weighing alternative public policies concerning divorce, the thin empirical evidence of the benefits of joint custody and frequent visits with fathers must be acknowledged.”

Pages 75-76 in Divided Families, Frank Furstenberg and Andrew Cherlin
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The info above is obvious. No study required. No research and grant money necessary.

Contrary to the fatherhood propaganda campaign, there isn’t one study that shows that joint custody is beneficial when mandated. All of the fatherhood joint custody studies are based on families who chose the joint custody arrangement. Many couples successfully do so. Those couples are amicable and functional.

Joint custody in the current court system is an attempt to keep fathers from having to pay child support. They spout the phrase “the best child support is shared parenting/joint custody/equal parenting.” Yes, it is best for fathers…because after all, this is who all of this is about.

Joint custody is easy for judges.

Joint custody is profitable for profiteers.

Forced joint custody suck for the kids.

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Jim Bailey – JimBWarrior 13 hours ago

WOW – So all Mum has to do is introduce conflict and shes got the Kids at her will, DAD paying so called Child Support and the Kids losing half their **Whole Natural Biological FAMILY?

Onward – Jim

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randijames 1 minute ago

Dad can do the same. Dad can introduce conflict, walk out on the family, say everything was the mom’s fault or that the mom made false allegations or parental alienation, get his child support reduced, waived, eliminated, AND get custody.

Well, actually, he doesn’t have to go that far because child support really isn’t that mandatory these days.

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joeljohnston 10 hours ago

Your argument is a bit absurd. It is the same as white people complaining that blacks only wanted at the front of the bus because they were tired of sitting in the back.

Of course you argue that both parents should agree with shared custody. If men were getting custody 85% of the time instead of women, your argument would be that shared custody should be required.

There is bias in the courts. For a period of time it was needed, as the rights of women were not protected. However, the pendulem has swung completely to the other side now, and the rights of children and fathers is being denied. It’s time for fareness, and the end of ALL bias.

It’s time to acknowledge that both men and women perpetrate domestic violence.
It’s time to acknowledge that both fathers and mothers are important to children
It’s time to achnowledge that children have rights to – to two loving parents.

Anything short of that is simple – bias.

You expect mothers to be mad if they lose access to their children, but expect fathers to accept it and move on with their lives. Both have normal, animal instincts. Take a cub from a lion, or lioness, the reaction will be the same. The relationship is the same.

IF you really want to help women, and more importantly children, who are the innocent victims of all this bias, end bias today. Do the right thing for children, without concern for whether you are male or female.

Maybe we can all end the ignorance finally.

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randijames 6 minutes ago

I think you came to the wrong site.

I didn’t make an argument, I COPIED and PASTED the research…and there is oh so much more of it that shows that there should NOT be a presumption of joint custody. Therefore, you must be insisting that the research and results are absurd. Tell that to the children.

Your comparison is…unworthy.

Women get 85% of custody because they are likely 85% (at LEAST) primary caretakers of the children within the INTACT household. Men will get custody when they chose child caretaking as a primary responsibility. You can’t tell me what I would argue because, in fact, you are wrong. I believe whomever was the primary caretaker, should remain as such, because children thrive with continuity.

The pendulum has not swung in women’s favor. Men, the same one’s who have ruled the system, are re-creating it to favor themselves, again. This is a direct result of the child support “movement.” You are only creating an illusion of a pendulum swing. Where is the evidence?

It’s been time for fairness, but it doesn’t mean we can create a false reality or deny the truth.

Duh, everyone acknowledges that men AND women commit domestic violence.

Duh, fathers and mothers are important to children.

Children have rights to two loving parents? LMAO. What kind of right is this? Why stop at two parents? Why not three? Why do they have to be “loving”? Who’s going to make them love? What if the child doesn’t like you? You need the courts to regulate that love?

I expect fathers to be fathers. That is simple. And I expect cowards to be cowards….abusers to be abusers.

I’m not sure which animals you’d prefer to use in your example, because unfortunately for your comment, many “father” animals leave their young with the mother. They also protect the mother-child bond. They also have several female partners. Which ones?

If you really want to help men, more importantly children, educate men about child caretaking practices….and tell them not to SHAKE THE BABY.

Maybe we can end all the killings.

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bobnorton 1 hour ago

You do a great disservice to your readers spreading this false propaganda. Joint custody is proven superior for children by over 225 different scientific studies and not one ever showed that sole custody was good for children. THe incidence of various social pathoologies goes up by a FACTOR of 6 to 24 for a dozen problems with children. It make no difference if the joint custody is ordered or agreed to really as both are included and this is a minor issue. This is scientific fact and arguing against it is like arguing against gravity and shows you have zero credibility. Your ignorance and hidden agenda is obvious and damaging to children. By these posts you make yourself a child abuser through conspiracy to maintain a status quo that is destroying the children of America. It is only entitle parents, lawyers and courts that profit by sole custody. Children are destroyed in many ways. Open your eyes to the facts at THERESNOEVIDENCETOSUPPORTPRESUMPTIONOFJOINTCUSTODY.COM

Moderator Note: Yes, I edited it for him because his website was a little confusing.

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randijames 9 minutes ago

No disservice to MY readers. Perhaps you’re on the wrong website. Show me your “scientific joint custody studies”…I’ve already showed you mine.

Sole custody is just fine for children, ask those with resources…like widows…those whose husbands are virtually absent anyway, for various reasons, and those doing just fine because they have the resources they need.

Just because you repeatedly state something is a fact, doesn’t mean it is so. Your own reseachers have shown joint custody to be flawed.

Oh yeah, and you sound really official and scary.

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One Response to USA – Randi James’s BLOG – Joint Custody: Plausible, Attractive, but no Evidence Supporting It – WHAT?

  1. Mike Murphy says:

    Do not waste your time with Randi James. She is an unimportant ideologue who will argue black is white. She hangs out with others just like her.

    Save your energy for lawmakers and those who actually matter.

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