Repartnering after divorce: The formation of second families

Child Support Scheme Evaluation Study Report No 4


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August 1989

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Using data from two Australian Institute of Family Studies studies - Economic Consequences of Marriage Breakdown (ECMB) and Parents and Children after Marriage Breakdown (PCMB), this paper examines the repartnering patterns of a group of men and women in Australia whose first marriage ended in divorce in the early 1980s. It examines the extent of repartnering, when it occurs, its different forms and characteristics, repartnering expectations, likelihood of having new children, and family composition for six years after divorce.

This report is based on data from the Australian Institute of Family Studies' Economic Consequences of Marriage Breakdown (ECMB) Study and the Parents and Children After Marriage Breakdown (PCMB) Study. The ECMB and PCMB studies are part of the Institute's Australian Family Reformation Project." 

Child Support Scheme Evaluation Study report no. 4