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The Suffrage Movement: Acts

Custody of Children Act, Gave mothers the right of custody of their children under seven, but only if
1839 the Lord Chancellor agreed to it, and only if the mother was of good
Divorce and Matrimonial Allowed for divorce to happen through the law courts…

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Married Women Women were entitled to apply for maintenance if deserted by their
(Maintenance in Case of husbands, if there was proof of wilful neglect.
Desertion Act), 1886
Guardianship of Infants Act, Gave women more of a chance to gain custody of their children; it stated
1886 that, when determining…


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