An Exploratory Study of Custody Challenges Experienced by Affirming Mothers of Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Children
AffiliationUniv Arizona, Coll Med, Off Divers & Inclus
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CitationKuvalanka, K. A., Bellis, C. , Goldberg, A. E. and McGuire, J. K. (2019), An Exploratory Study of Custody Challenges Experienced by Affirming Mothers of Transgender and Gender‐Nonconforming Children. Family Court Review, 57: 54-71. doi:10.1111/fcre.12387
JournalFAMILY COURT REVIEW
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AbstractFamily courts have lacked familiarity with evidence-based recommendations regarding the best interests of transgender and gender-nonconforming (TGNC) children, resulting in some affirming parents losing physical and/or legal custody. This exploratory, qualitative study with 10 affirming mothers of TGNC children who had experienced custody-related challenges reported on salient themes, including "blame" for causing children's gender nonconformity, coercion by ex-partners, bias in the courts, negative impact on children, emotional and financial toll on participants, and the critical importance of adequate resources. Findings indicate the need for better-educated family court professionals, as well as socioemotional support and financial and legal assistance for affirming parents of TGNC children.
Note24 month embargo; published online: 20 January 2019
VersionFinal accepted manuscript
SponsorsInnovation Grant through the National Council on Family Relations