The Consequences of Divorce: Economic and Custodial Impact on Children and Adults

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This comprehensive volume brings to light little known implications of legal, economic, and custodial factors following a divorce. The Consequences of Divorce goes beyond the past decade’s extensive focus on emotional and social adjustment outcomes to explore in-depth the post-divorce legal, economic, and custodial variables that impact the entire family. This important volume examines the economic conditions of both marriage partners after the divorce, the effect of legislative models on child support payment, child custody patterns and their impact on the family, and intervention strategies that take such custody problems into account. Teachers, counselors, researchers, and attorneys will be better prepared to offer support to family members after a divorce with the understanding of the economic and custodial conflicts that they will gain from this new book.

The authoritative contributors examine statistics that show a marked decline in the economic well-being of women and children, which lead to questions of standards of adequacy for child support awards and an exploration of a new child support scheme from Australia. Different child custody arrangements are analyzed according to their consequences for each family member, providing valuable information for treating divorced families. Specific topics of interest include decreased parental involvement for fathers after a divorce, siblings separated by divorce, mothers without custody, and children’s own viewpoints of custody arrangements. This informative book will lead to increased services to divorced families by expanding professionals’awareness of critical economic and legal issues that affect each member of the family.

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Also published as Journal of divorce and remarriage, v.16, nos. 1/2 and 3/4, 1991, this volume examines the economic conditions of both marriage partners after the divorce, the effect of legislative models on child support payment, child custody patterns and their impact on the family, and intervention strategies that take such custody problems into account. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

Part I: Economic and Legal Factors

  • Introduction
  • The Economics of Divorce: Findings from Seven States
  • Standards of Adequacy for Child Support Awards
  • Socioeconomic, Sociodemographic and Attitudinal Correlates of the Tempo of Divorce
  • The Role of Coercion in Affecting Women’s Inferior Outcomes in Divorce: Implications of Researchers and Therapists
  • The Effects of Background Characteristics of Attorneys and Judges on Decision Making in Domestic Relations Court: An Analysis of Child Support Awards
  • Child Support Awards: Links With Alimony and In-Kind Support
  • Australia’s New Child Support Scheme
  • Inequalities for Women in the California Divorce Law
  • Part II: Custodial Patterns and Influences
  • Level of Satisfaction of Fathers and Mothers With Joint or Sole Custody Arrangements: Results of a Questionnaire
  • The Consequences of Divorce Proceedings for Divorced Fathers
  • Discontinuity Between Pre- and Post-Divorce Father-Child Relationships: New Evidence Regarding Paternal Disengagement
  • Mothers Without Custody: Treatment Issues
  • Infant and Toddlers and Post-Divorce Parental Access: An Initial Exploration
  • Issues of Split Custody: Siblings Separated by Divorce
  • Children of Divorce and Their Viewpoints on Visiting-Rights
  • The Effects of Parental Divorce on Children in West Germany: Emphasis: From the View of Children
  • Custody Disputes in Context
  • A Critical Moment for Intervention: After the Smoke of the Battle Clears and Custody has Been Won
  • Index
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