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Gender, Psychology, and JusticeThe Mental Health of Women and Girls in the Legal System$
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Corinne C. Datchi and Julie R. Ancis

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479819850

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479819850.001.0001

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Women and Family Court

Women and Family Court

Abuse and Contested Custody

Chapter:
(p.23) 1 Women and Family Court
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Gender, Psychology, and Justice
Author(s):

Julie R. Ancis

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479819850.003.0002

This chapter describes women litigants’ experiences in family court and the ways in which power and control during the marriage are perpetuated in the legal arena during divorce and custody disputes. It uses research based on the voices of diverse women engaged in divorce and custody disputes to highlight the power and control tactics frequently used in family court proceedings by abusive ex-partners. Gender bias in courtroom procedures and judicial decision making about child support, custody, and visitation is discussed. This chapter also examines how mental health professionals may assume a key role in promoting the use of gender- and culturally sensitive practices to advance social justice in family court.

Keywords:   family court, divorce, visitation, gender bias, social justice

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