Child Custody

  • Seymour L. Halleck
Part of the Critical Issues in Psychiatry book series (CIPS)


Divorce has an obvious and dramatic effect on the children of the dissolved union. In addition to all the other traumas involved in the dissolution process, the child must face a situation in which the availability and nurturance of both parents will be severely curtailed. As a rule divorce results in the child’s living with one or the other parent. That parent is given custody of the child, which means that he or she is responsible for the welfare, health, and control of that child. The other parent may see the child infrequently or not at all. In the majority of divorces, the parents are able to resolve the issue of their children’s custody more or less amicably. Not infrequently, however, both parents demand custody of the child. When parents cannot resolve this dispute on their own, the issue must be settled in court.


Good Interest Child Psychiatrist Natural Parent Legal Doctrine Child Custody 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Seymour L. Halleck
    • 1
  1. 1.University of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA

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