Research

Dr. Malin Bergstrom

Fifty moves a year: is there an association between joint physical custody and psychosomatic problems in children? Download
Background In many Western countries, an increasing number of children with separated parents have joint physical custody, that is, live equally much in their parent’s respective homes. In Sweden, joint physical custody is particularly common and concerns between 30% and 40% of the children with separated parents. It has been hypothesised that the frequent moves and lack of stability in parenting may be stressful for these children.

Dr. Richard Warshak

Stemming the Tide of Misinformation: International Consensus on Shared Parenting and Overnighting Download
This white paper describes the purpose and background of a two-year project to stem the tide of misinformation that was generating confusion about where the scientific community stood on shared parenting for preschool children. Four decades of research were reviewed, analyzed, and vetted by incorporating feedback from an international group of experts in the fields of attachment, early child development, parent-child relations, and divorce.

Sara McLanahan, Laura Tach, Daniel Schneider

The Causal Effects of Father Absence Download
We are now in a position to say that father absence CAUSES (rather than is just correlated with) the multiple problems you identify in children. This has been demonstrated in a groundbreaking new article by Sara McLanahan from Princeton University and her colleagues (from Cornell U and UC Berkeley), entitled “The Causal Effects of Father Absence” in the leading sociology journal, the Annual Review of Sociology (2013).

Dr. Linda Nielsen

Shared Residential Custody: Review of the Research
(Part I of II)
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Shared Residential Custody: Review of the Research
(Part II of II)
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Parenting Time & Shared Residential
Custody: Ten Common Myths
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Shared Physical Custody:
Myths and Misconceptions
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Divorced Fathers and Their Daughters: A
Review of Recent Research
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Shared Physical Custody: Summary of
40 Studies on Outcomes for Children
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Dr. Edward Kruk

Arguments for an Equal Parental Responsibility Presumption in Contested Child Custody Download

Dr. William Fabricius

Young Adults’ Perspective on Divorce Living Arrangements Download
Lay Judgments About Child Custody After Divorce Download

Dr. Robert Bauserman

Child Adjustment in Joint-Custody Versus Sole-Custody
Arrangements: A Meta-Analytic Review
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Dr. Richard Warshak

Experts Agree that Infants and Toddlers Need Overnight Care from Both Parents After their Separation Download
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Dr. Róisín O’Shea

Judicial Separation and Divorce in the Circuit Court Download

Dr. Jane Venohr

Child Support Guidelines and Guidelines Reviews: State Differences and Common Issues Download
Since 1989, federal regulations require each state to provide presumptive
guidelines (formulas) for determining the amount of child support
awards and to review their guidelines at least once every four years.1
Most states developed and adopted their initial guidelines in the late
1980s. States developed their guidelines based on similar premises and
guidelines models and relied on a limited number of available economic
studies on the cost of child-rearing.