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Brian Bix

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199989591

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199989591.001.0001

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Custody, Modification, Relocation, Visitation

Custody, Modification, Relocation, Visitation

(p.185) Thirteen Custody, Modification, Relocation, Visitation
The Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law

Brian H. Bix

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the legal issues arising from custody, relocation, and visitation over the children of the marriage. It begins with an overview of the history and general principles of custody, with emphasis on the child's “best interests” as the basis of most court decisions regarding custody, along with the role of race, gender, and religion in placement decisions regarding children in cases of adoption, foster care, and custody. It then considers the constitutional requirements for jurisdiction for custody orders before turning to a discussion of joint custody, custody contest between legal parents and nonparents, enforcement and modification of custody order, and interjurisdictional enforcement of custody order. It also outlines the general principles od relocation and visitation involving grandparents and other third-parties.

Keywords:   custody, relocation, visitation, children, marriage, custody order, joint custody, legal parents, nonparents

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