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African Caribbean Christian Leadership Council

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First Baptist Church of Glenarden (7,000+ members)

The Tender Years

The “tender years doctrine” states that a child seven years old and younger should live with his or her mother. In most states, this was the controlling law from the early 1800s until the 1980s, when the laws began to change. Courts began to do away with presumptions in favor of factual analyses of each parent’s capabilities and the children’s needs.