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The Best Interests of Children: An Evidence-Based Approach Paperback – Dec 5 2009
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Paul Millar is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Community Health Sciences at Brock University.
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What makes this work novel and even groundbreaking is the use of multivariate statistical techniques applied to Canadian data sets to provide unique insights without letting the statistics get in the way of making the point. Based on authorized special access privileges to the CRDP (Canadian Registry of Divorce Proceedings), the author sets the stage by developing comprehensive descriptive statistics confirming the preponderance for maternal custody orders and goes an additional step by demonstrating that resolving custody issues out of court marginally disadvantages the father more than consensual "shadow of the law" agreements, while mothers stand to gain. For fathers, the marginal improvement in already low rates would not seem to warrant the legal expense of pursuing court action.
The author refrains from making the logical leap of systemic gender bias by the courts. Instead, in what is probably the first analysis of its kind, Dr. Millar attempts to exonerate the courts by posing the intriguing statistical question whether sociological factors or legal grounds may account for demonstrably one-sided custody outcomes.Read more ›
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