Faculty Scholarship 1994 - Present

Regulation of Child Custody Mediation: A Patchwork Quilt

In this article, we empirically model the antecedents of two decisions states have made regarding child custody mediation: 1) Are divorcing parents required to attempt mediation before their child custody cases can go to court? and 2) Are child custody mediators required to meet certain educational standards before they can mediate? Logistic regression analyses suggest that states with larger populations are more likely to establish minimum qualifications for child custody mediators. A less robust result was that states with moralistic and traditionalistic political cultures are more likely to mandate child custody mediation.