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Joint Custody Law (1983)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1983-10-28

Duration: 00:07:27

Subjects: Family law | Divorce | Joint custody of children


  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Leslie, Carole Reporter
  • Stanly, Landon Interviewee
  • Stanly, Jason Interviewee
  • Vasta, Davelynn Interviewee
  • Graphia, Anthony Interviewee
  • Spaht, Katherine Interviewee
  • Love, Gary Interviewee


This segment from the October 28, 1983, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Carole Leslie’s report on Louisiana’s joint custody law, which presumes that joint custody is in the best interest of a child with divorced parents. Leslie interviews: Landon Stanly and Jason Stanly on their enjoyment of their joint custody arrangement; Davelynn Vasta, Landon and Jason’s mother, on her disagreement with the joint custody law; Family Court Judge Anthony Graphia on his belief in the law; LSU Law Professor Katherine Spaht on her concerns that some fathers will misuse the law to bargain with the mother on other parts of the divorce settlement; and Gary Love, a divorced father, on why he lobbied for the law. Host: Ken Johnson