Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies
law, court system, New York State, women, families
The state court system impacts the lives of women throughout New York. The New York State chapter of the National Organization for Women focuses on lobbying efforts to encourage or oppose policies based on how they affect women and families. In partnership with the president of the state chapter, the following is a report concerning issues influencing women in the state court system in the area of domestic relations law. This thesis explores the debate surrounding a recent proposal to institute unilateral no-fault divorce in New York, initiatives for mandatory joint custody and mandatory mediation in custody disputes, and gender bias in the court system. For each, background information and competing perspectives are presented. Additionally, specific policy recommendations will be addressed with consideration toward bettering women and children.
Canty, Kaitlin, "Women in the New York State Court System: A Report on Domestic Relations Law" (2008). Honors Theses. 1572.