Journal article

Changes in patterns of post-separation parenting over time: Recent Australian data

Bruce Smyth, Ruth Weston, Lawrie Moloney, Nick Richardson, Jeromey Temple

JOURNAL OF FAMILY STUDIES | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2008

Abstract

This article examines continuity and change in post-separation patterns of parenting across a three-year time span. We analyse longitudinal data from two recent Australian studies: the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey; and the Caring for Children after Parental Separation (CFC) Project. Mother-residence was found to be the most common and the most stable pattern. Though far less common, father-residence also appeared to be reasonably stable. By contrast, shared care was found to be the most fluid of these three parenting configurations. Copyright © eContent Management Pty Ltd.