Longing for the wisdom of King Solomon : Custody and the best interests of the child concept

Chirawu, Slyvia (2013) Longing for the wisdom of King Solomon : Custody and the best interests of the child concept.

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Official URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10646/1409

Abstract

The best interests of the child test has been applied by courts in Zimbabwe and elsewhere to determine which parent should have custody of a child. Some states in the USA have come up with laws that can be used to make such a determination. In Zimbabwe the courts have provided guidance on the concept of best interests. The major c hallenge lies in the judicial discretion in determining what the best interests of a child really means. Alternative tests, namely the primary caretaker presumption and joint custody have been used and proposed as alternatives to the best interests test. D espite its short comings, the best interests of the minor child test still remains the best test in resolving custody disputes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Family Law,Law of Succession
Divisions: Universities > State Universities > University of Zimbabwe
Depositing User: Mr. Edmore Sibanda
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2015 23:30
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2015 23:30
URI: http://researchdatabase.ac.zw/id/eprint/1480

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