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”Att sätta barnen före sig själv”?: En argumentationsanalys på Tingsrättens avgöranden i mål om vårdnad 
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
“To put the children first”? : An argumentation analysis of the District Court’srulings in matters of child custody (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to examine the District Court´s argumentations about the children´s best interests in rulings regarding custody of children, and to analyse the argumentation from a gender perspective. Rulings from the District Court from 2012 have been the basis for this study and a qualitative method has been used, argumentations analysis. The study shows that cooperative problems between the parents are the main reason why the District Court finds joint custody to be excluded. There are also argumentation regarding parent´s ability to ensure the children’s safety. The presumption of joint custody is known to be emphatic in Swedish law and in those cases the District Court finds it in the best interest of the child for the joint custody to remain, the parents still have problems cooperating but not sufficiently to repeal the importance of both parents in the child´s life. In the rulings leading up to both joint and sole custody conceptions of female and male attributes can be found, and differences regarding what´s considered good and bad attributes. The study shows differences in how we expect women and men to be parents. Conceptions of class- and ethnicity however, are rarer. The analysis also shows views of parenthood as being gender complementary, where the father´s presence is seen as a complement to the mother´s main caring responsibility. Finally, the study shows a guiding from the District Court to the fathers about getting them more involved in their children´s life, and of the importance of the Social Services Custody Report regarding the verdict.   

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 45 p.
Keyword [en]
the District Court, custody, the child´s best interest, gender, social work
Keyword [sv]
Tingsrätten, vårdnad, barnets bästa, kön, socialt arbete
National Category
Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-33011OAI: diva2:706053
Subject / course
Social Work
Educational program
Social Work Study Programme, 210 credits
, Växjö
Available from: 2014-03-19 Created: 2014-03-18 Last updated: 2014-03-19Bibliographically approved

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