Suffer the children? Divorce and child welfare in postwar Britain

Elliot, R. (2021) Suffer the children? Divorce and child welfare in postwar Britain. Journal of Family History, 46(4), pp. 433-459. (doi: 10.1177/0363199020945746)

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This article explains why a consensus emerged in the 1950s that courts should be satisfied with the arrangements made for children before parental divorce was granted. I locate this within an evolving child welfare landscape in the context of high levels of divorce in England. The issues at stake were the relationship of child welfare to parental marital status, how this should be established in individual cases, and the legitimacy and boundaries of state intervention in divorce cases. Such developments were absent in Scotland, where the Scottish judiciary believed in upholding the autonomy of parents to make their own arrangements.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Elliot, Dr Rosemary
Authors: Elliot, R.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Economic and Social History
Journal Name:Journal of Family History
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1552-5473
Published Online:06 August 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Author
First Published:First published in Journal of Family History 46(4): 433-459
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
190488Working-class Marriage in Scotland, 1855 - 1976Eleanor GordonArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/J002542/1S&PS - Economic & Social History