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.
Chapter 5: Noncustodial Fathers and Their Impact on the Children of Divorce
Noncustodial Fathers and Their Impact on the Children of Divorce
Joan and David Berg were married in 1984 as they graduated from college. Both took entry-level management jobs in large corporations. They were paid sufficiently well and they were able to buy a small suburban home in 1986. When Benjamin was born in late 1987, David took a week's leave to help at home and Joan was able to get a partially paid maternity leave for 3 months. Realizing that the family needed two incomes to meet its expenses, Joan returned to work when Ben was 3 months old. A woman recommended by the couple's neighbors agreed to care for Ben, along with two toddlers ...