Essays tagged: best interests of the child
This essay provides a brief introduction to the concept “best interests of the child,” and a place for readers to begin to formulate their own ideas about the usefulness and meaning of the standard.   Read more

Illustration. Godey’s Lady's Book and Magazine (vol. 54, January, 1857).
Child custody determinations have had a roller coaster history, reflecting the jagged evolution of the American family. Virginia custody law rode on the same roller coaster, with some distinct regional differences.   Read more
The dynamic relationship between Virginia law and society’s concepts of childhood and parenthood have transformed child custody laws since the American Revolution. This essay chronicles key periods of change in the Commonwealth and other states.   Read more

Photo of children on bed reading about the movie Star Wars.
The popular media have both reflected and influenced child custody outcomes throughout American history. While pamphlets and periodicals were the primary sources of information in the first two centuries of America’s existence, television, movies, and the Internet have grown to dominate popular culture in recent times.   Read more