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 7: The Postdivorce Society: How Divorce is Shaping the Family and other Forms of Social Organization

The Postdivorce Society: How Divorce is Shaping the Family and other Forms of Social Organization

The postdivorce society: How divorce is shaping the family and other forms of social organization
Paul R.Amato

Dramatic changes have occurred in the American family during the 20th century. The spread of premarital sexuality, the growing popularity of cohabitation, the increase in nonmarital fertility, and the movement of wives and mothers into the paid labor force have affected the most fundamental details of our lives in extraordinary ways. But of all the changes in family life, perhaps the most far-reaching in its implications has been the increase in the rate of divorce. Indeed, the shift from a modal pattern of lifelong marriage to serial marriage punctuated by divorce represents a fundamental change ...

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