Essays tagged: common law

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

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