In Memory of James A. Cook

Menstuff® has compiled the following in memory of James A. Cook, the 'Father of Joint Custody'

James A. Cook Passes Away


When James A. Cook, a Los Angeles real estate lobbyist, divorced in 1974 and sought shared custody of his son, "the judge thought it was preposterous," he recalls. "He told me, 'I don't have permission to do it.'"

Outraged, Cook and some friends organized the Joint Custody Association and in 1979 pushed through the California legislature the first law encouraging joint custody. All 50 states eventually followed suit, and today 26 states have gone even further, declaring joint custody to be not just legal but the preferred arrangement.

Article in 2003 in Time magazine



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