Shared Physical Custody


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Shared Physical Custody
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Mortelmans Dimitri, Bernardi Laura
This edited book is about the ever-growing phenomenon of children in shared physical custody. Divorce rates and separations are on the rise since a long time. They tend to stabilize on a high level throughout all European countries. Despite the long evolution of broken families, only the last decade has seen a radical shift in custody arrangements for children in divorced families. For a long time, mothers were considered to be the main socialization actor and fathers have been given visiting rights. A gender revolution is taking place, whereby fathers have asked and received an increasingly larger share of time to be spent with their children. Despite this evolution, we do not possess a clear view on families in shared physical custody across Europe. What are the legal arrangements throughout Europe? What time allocation is considered “normal”? What kind of freedom do judges possess to decide on regulations? How do men act in their post-divorce roles? Are they a Disney-dad or rather a divorce-activated father? And what about mothers? Do they accept the decrease in time spent with their children? Do custody arrangements have an influence on their employment rates and career opportunities?
The book is an interdisciplinary collaboration by social scientists in demography, sociology, psychology, law and political sciences, with an interest in the topic of custody arrangements. The articles have a national or cross- national perspective and address topics like prevalence and types of shared physical custody, legal frames regulating custody arrangements ,stability and changes in arrangements across the life course of children, socio‐economic, psychological, social well-being of various family members involved in different custody arrangements.
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