Predictors of maternal preference for joint or sole legal custody

Kathryn L. Wilcox, Sharlene Wolchik, Sanford L. Braver

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The current study examined several demographic and psychosocial predictors of mothers' legal custody preference early in the divorce process. Simple logistic regressions between these predictors and custody preference were completed. Variables that had a significant or marginally significant simple relation with legal custody preference were included in a simultaneous regression predicting custody preference. Only mother's perceptions of her ex-husband's parenting competence uniquely predicted legal custody preference.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-101
Number of pages9
JournalFamily Relations
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1998


  • Children
  • Divorce
  • Joint legal custody

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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