Profiting From Gender Bias in Family Law- Excerpt

Gender bias in family law receives little public attention.  Media accounts of horrific male perpetrated violence dominates public discourse. However, there is increasing evidence that judges directly discriminate against men particularly in child custody and restraining order cases in civil court (Kingsnorth, Wolcott, and Lonnquist, 2015, Lonnquist, 2015 and Weber, 2015). Judges indiscriminately issue these orders out of an “abundance of caution” with little or no regard for due process or judicial bias. The purpose of this study was  to examine the characteristics and determinants of civil protection orders in 3 large metro counties in Atlanta. Additionally, the role of attorneys’ gender and political affiliation in client representation will be discussed through a case study.

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