Child contact as a weapon of control

Authored by: Kirsteen Mackay

The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Violence

Print publication date:  December  2017
Online publication date:  December  2017

Print ISBN: 9781472483515
eBook ISBN: 9781315612997
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315612997-12

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Abstract

Within the United Kingdom disputes over the residence of children have only come before the courts within the last 150 years or so because, historically, children were the subjects of the will of the husband and father (Fraser, 1866; Muirhead, 1947), and married women had no rights to the custody of their children upon formal separation or divorce (Norrie, 1999).

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