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Family Matters No. 67 - May 2004

The attitudes of separated mothers and fathers to 50/50 shared care

Bruce Smyth and Ruth Weston

Abstract

The idea that children of separated parents should spend equal time with each parent has generated much debate both in Australia and overseas. But what do separated and divorced parents themselves think about 'equal time' parenting? This article makes use of recent data from the Institute's 'Caring for Children after Separation' project to address this question, and finds that parental attitudes vary along gender and residence status lines.

The idea that children of separated parents should spend equal time with each parent has generated much debate both in Australia and overseas. But what do separated and divorced parents themselves think about 'equal time' parenting? This article makes use of recent data from the Institute's 'Caring for Children after Separation' project to address this question, and finds that parental attitudes vary along gender and residence status lines.

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