Custody recommendations of israeli social workers: Child’s Expected Quality of Life and Child’s Preference

Bilha Davidson-Arad, Orna Cohen*

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Abstract

This study examines the custody recommendations of a sample of Israeli social workers who advise the courts. It looks at their recommendations in relation to the child’s wishes and the workers’ assessments of the children’s expected quality of life with each of the parents. The findings show that the social workers based their recommendations mainly on the child’s preference where that was clear, and, where it was not, on the child’s expected quality of life with the two parents. With this, maternal custody remained the default recommendation and paternal custody was recommended only when the quality of life the father was expected to enable was significantly higher than that the mother was expected to enable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-26
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Child Custody
Volume1
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 22 Dec 2004

Keywords

  • Child custody evaluations
  • Child custody recommendations
  • Children’s custody preferences
  • Gender bias
  • Quality of life

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