The purpose of this article is to review and analyze joint custody legislation and its implications for future custody litigation. However, discussion of joint custody must include an awareness of who its proponents are and their motivations, as well as the effect it will have on the lives of women who remain the primary caretakers of children, for "[i]n the background of the arguments over joint custody lies the age old 'battle of the sexes' and the current change in lifestyles." That the current joint custody trend is a backlash to the feminist movement and women's struggle for an identity in addition to that of mother and homemaker becomes apparent from an analysis of the legislation being introduced and enacted in the name of joint custody.
Joanne Schulman and Valerie Pitt,
Second Thoughts on Joint Child Custody: Analysis of Legislation and its Implications for Women and Children, 12 Golden Gate U. L. Rev.