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Family Matters No. 67 - May 2004

Father-child contact after separation

Profiling five different patterns of care
Bruce Smyth, Catherine Caruana and Anna Ferro

Abstract

Using data from the Institute's study, 'Caring for children after Separation', this article reports on the experiences and motivations of fathers with a range of different parenting arrangements. The following five different patterns of father-child contact are examined: 50/50 shared care; standard contact of every weekend or every other weekend; daytime only contact; holiday only contact; and little or no contact. The authors summarise some of the key insights to emerge from this research.

Using data from the Institute's study, 'Caring for children after Separation', this article reports on the experiences and motivations of fathers with a range of different parenting arrangements. The following five different patterns of father-child contact are examined: 50/50 shared care; standard contact of every weekend or every other weekend; daytime only contact; holiday only contact; and little or no contact. The authors summarise some of the key insights to emerge from this research.

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