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Chapter 9 day 3

Chapter 9 day 3 - TriviaQuestion o o o o Today is A...

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Trivia Question Today is ____________. o A. Wednesday o B. Monday o C. Friday o D. Tuesday
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Child Custody and Parental  Fitness Evaluating families for the purpose of recommending a custodial arrangement that is in the best interests of a child whose parents are divorcing or separating is a fast growing area.
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I have or I know someone who has been  involved in a child custody/parental  fitness case  A. Yes o B. False
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The increase in these cases is attributable to two facts: About 50% of marriages in the United States end in divorce. As of 2007, 29% of households with children in the United States were single-parent families. Child Custody and Parental Fitness
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Child Custody and Parental  Fitness Preference for maternal custody diminished at the beginning of the 21st century. o Now, many courts want to know about the parenting abilities of each parent before making a decision about custody. o Currently, the prevailing standard for custody decisions is the future best interests of the child .
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Child Custody and Parental  Fitness The Uniform Marriage and Divorce Act said courts should consider the following: 1) the wishes of the child; 2) the wishes of the child’s parents; 3) the relationships between the child and the parents, siblings, and significant others who interact with the child;
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The Uniform Marriage and Divorce Act said courts should consider the following: 4) the child’s adjustment at home, school and in the community; and 5) the physical and mental health of the parties involved. Child Custody and Parental Fitness
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Child Custody and Parental  Fitness Most states permit two kinds of custodial arrangements, each with two aspects (physical and legal). o Physical custody ” refers to the living arrangement, whereas “ legal custody concerns the responsibility for decision making.
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In sole custody , the child will live with one parent (although the other may be granted visitation rights) and one parent will have legal decision-making authority. Child Custody and Parental Fitness
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In joint custody , both parents retain parental rights concerning decisions about the child (this is joint legal custody ), and the child can alternate living in the parents’ homes (this is joint physical custody ). Usually one parent is designated the residential parent.
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