This book analyzes the issues surrounding divorce and its implications for public policy. The authors integrate research and policy perspectives of scholars in various disciplines to focus on the consequences of divorce for children, the parents' responsibilities after divorce, nonresidential parenting, and the effects of a high divorce rate in society.
Part I: The Consequences of Divorce for Children
Any effort to understand the postdivorce family must begin with the consequences of divorce for family members. Mothers, fathers, and children are each changed by the experience of divorce, but for several reasons greatest concern is devoted to the effects of divorce on children. Children are least responsible for the upheaval they experience when their parents part and are, in most respects, most vulnerable to the emotional pain and other difficulties that accompany the end of marriage. They are likely to be least understanding and accepting of the loss of relationships that divorce can mean for them. Moreover, an accurate and sensitive assessment of the consequences of divorce for children is required for thoughtful ...