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The Constitutional Parent: Rights, Responsibilities, and the Enfranchisement of the Child

Jeffrey Shulman


It is commonly assumed that parents have long enjoyed a fundamental legal right to control the upbringing of their children, but this reading of the law is sorely incomplete. What is deeply rooted in our legal traditions is the idea that the state entrusts parents with custody of the child, and the concomitant rule that the state does so only as long as parents meet their legal duty to take proper care of the child. This book looks at four related areas of the law: parental custody, state regulation of education, religion and parental rights, and nonparental third party rights. In each it is a ... More

Keywords: parentchild relations, enfranchisement, rights, trust principles

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780300191899
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300191899.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey Shulman, author
Georgetown Law