Joint Custody Discourages Divorce

Washington Post
Sunday, 25 January 1998, Page CO5


Divorce rates have dropped dramatically in the states that promote joint custody, says the January 25th issue of the Washington Post. Richard Morin’s article cites research in nineteen states, by Richard Kuhn of the Childrens’ Rights Council and John Guidubaldi of Kent State University.

Overall, divorce rates declined nearly four times faster in high-joint custody states, compared with states where joint custody is relatively rare. One big reason is that joint custody “removes the capacity for one spouse to hurt the other by denying participation in raising the children.”

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