U.S. child custody outcomes in cases involving parental alienation and abuse allegations: what do the data show?

@article{Meier2020USCC,
  title={U.S. child custody outcomes in cases involving parental alienation and abuse allegations: what do the data show?},
  author={Joan S. Meier},
  journal={Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law},
  year={2020},
  volume={42},
  pages={105 - 92}
}
  • J. Meier
  • Published 2020
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law
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