Custody in General
Legal Custody in Particular
John looks anxious and rumpled as he talked to his lawyer, Alicia, in her office. “These are my children and I’m their father. I have a father’s rights. No judge is going to tell me how to raise my kids.”
“It’s true that parents have the right to raise their children as they see fit,” Alicia says in a calming voice. “The courts have said this right is one of those included in the right to pursue happiness, which is guaranteed by the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution.”
“There you go,” remarks John. “I’m standing firm on my constitutional rights.”
“However,” adds Alicia, “the right is not unlimited.”
“The doctrine of parens patriae means father of a country or, more figuratively, ...