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 III: Nonresidential Parenting
In most postdivorce families, custodial parents assume the predominant role in the daily care of children, while nonresidential parents assume a visiting relationship. But each adult is a parent and, in most circumstances, children should be able to enjoy meaningful, satisfying relationships with each parent after divorce. For most of this century, of course, mothers have typically become custodial parents after divorce and fathers have become nonresidential parents. In recent years the role of fathers in postdivorce life has been vigorously debated as evidence accumulates that many men fail to visit offspring or maintain fidelity to their child support obligations. Popularized images of the “deadbeat dad” and absent father have contributed to legislative initiatives to strengthen child support enforcement and encourage more ...