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ERIC Number: EJ790490
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2445
The Stability of Child Physical Placements following Divorce: Descriptive Evidence from Wisconsin
Berger, Lawrence M.; Brown, Patricia R.; Joung, Eunhee; Melli, Marygold S.; Wimer, Lynn
Journal of Marriage and Family, v70 n2 p273-283 May 2008
This study uses administrative data from the Wisconsin Court Record Database, linked with survey data collected from mothers (n= 789) and fathers (n= 690), to describe the living arrangements of children with sole mother and shared child physical placement following parental divorce. Contrary to prior research, results provide little evidence that children with shared placement progressively spend less time in their father's care. We find that, over (approximately) 3 years following a divorce, their living arrangements are as stable as those of children with sole mother placement or more so. To the extent that shared physical placement is associated with increased father involvement and positive developmental outcomes, recent increases in shared physical custody following divorce may benefit children.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin