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.

Values, Policy, and Research on Divorce: Seeking Fairness for Children

Values, policy, and research on divorce: Seeking fairness for children
Ross A.Thompson and Jennifer M.Wyatt

The postdivorce family is becoming a new American social institution. Divorce and single parenthood have, of course, long been part of domestic life, but the recent stabilization of divorce rates at historically high levels means that the postdivorce family has become an increasingly normative, and accepted, feature of American life. Nearly everyone has either first hand experience with divorce or knows others who have. Nearly everyone has observed the effects of divorce and considered its personal impact, whether actual or potential. As a consequence, adults approach marriage, and children experience family life, in ways that are meaningfully different than were true of ...

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