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Robert H. Mnookin, Child Custody Adjudication: Judicial Functions in the Face of Indeterminacy, 39 Law & Contemp. Probs. 226 (1975).

Abstract: Part 1 of this article describes and analyzes American child custody law and the underlying judicial standards used to resolve custody disputes; part 2 discusses the basic indeterminancy of present legal standards; and part 3 explores the possibility of developing less discretionary legal standards for the judicial functions of child protection and private dispute settlement.