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Barnets Bästa: – om rättssäkerhet i Högsta domstolens vårdnadstvister
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study was to explore if and how the Swedish Supreme Court are using the concept “the child’s best interest”. This concept is used a lot in Swedish legislation, but it needs interpretation every time it´s used and is often perceived as unclear. This makes it interesting to see how this affects the individual child´s legal rights. Furthermore I want to see if the Supreme Court listen to the child´s own opinion and if not, are there any justifications to why not. The study has a quantitative starting point, where I have gone through a number of judgments and then chosen seven out of a qualitative point where there has been a discussion from the Supreme Court around the individual and the best interest of the child for the individual child and the methods of analysis used in this study are social constructionism, legal sociology and analysis of the idea. The study shows a lack of consistency among the professionals of what the concept really stands for, which negatively affects the legal rights for the individual child. The solution is a closer collaboration between social workers, judges and lawyers to make the concept clearer and more applicable.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 59 p.
Keyword [en]
custody, custody battle, single custody, children’s rights, best interest of the child, child’s perspective, parent’s perspective, convention on the rights of the child, conflict
Keyword [sv]
vårdnad, vårdnadstvist, ensam vårdnad, barnets rättigheter, barnets bästa, barnperspektiv, föräldraperspektiv, barnkonventionen, konflikt
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Social Work Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-99979OAI: diva2:690094
Available from: 2014-02-07 Created: 2014-01-22 Last updated: 2014-02-07Bibliographically approved

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