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Subject: [ROOTS-L] 1920 Divorce question
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2002 11:15:44 EST
I have a situation where a couple with 2 children got a divorce about 1924.
The children are on the 1920 census. At the divorce, the wife is given back
her maiden name, and the 2 sons aren't even mentioned in the divorce papers
which still exist. (And what happened to any of the 4 after that is my brick
wall!) Would it be more likely in that time period that the children would
stay with their father's name, or that they would have taken the mother's
maiden name, with the mother?? Surely the mother got the boys, as the
divorce papers say he deserted her the year before, and she also accuses him
of running with women of bad reputation, etc. Thanks for any suggestions.