the presumption in child custody cases that mothers ought to be granted custody of their kids during the formative years of growth.

TENDER YEARS DOCTRINE: "Many state judicial systems are often typed as being forcefully aligned with the tender years doctrine, so much so that they base their judgments upon such even when evidence shows that the children should not be in care of the mother."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "TENDER YEARS DOCTRINE," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 29, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/tender-years-doctrine/ (accessed April 18, 2021).