Saturday, October 6, 2007

Hidden heartache of the weekend mothers

Last week the troubled pop star Britney Spears lost custody of her two children. Whatever your view of Spears’s agonisingly public unravelling – appearing with no underwear, shaving her head, driving without a licence, driving with a child on her lap, charged with a hit and run accident – last Monday’s judgment awarding custody of Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1, to her bitter exhusband Kevin Federline highlights a growing trend.

Until a few decades ago few would have expected a mum to lose custody of her kids when a marriage broke down unless she was an alcoholic, a junkie or had walked out of the family home to pursue an affair. Which doesn’t mean that the heartbreak and social stigma back then were any the less.

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