Divorce Research Update– 6-29-2015


New ideas to consider in thinking about child support policy.  Too often we assume that over the past few decades we understand the economic consequences of divorce and that we have created appropriate policy responses regarding child support.  These 2 reports suggest that we still have much to learn.  Meyer and colleagues raise many questions about how child support laws are working and a report from the Australian Institute of Family Studies explores the variations in the economic circumstances of families in Australia, Germany, Korea, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

A more complete list of research report about divorce, remarriage and stepfamilies published in 2015 or between 2010-2015.

Meyer, D. R., Cancian, M., & Chen, Y. (2015).  Why Are Child Support Orders Becoming Less Likely after Divorce?  Social Service Review.

Despite substantial policy attention to increasing the number of custodial parents
with child support orders, the proportion reporting that they are owed child support is falling.  Potential explanations for this include increases in shared custody, increases in the …

de Vaus, D., Gray, M., Qu, L., & Stanton, D. (March 2015).  The Economic Consequences of Divorce in Six OECD Countries, Research Report No. 31,  Australian Institute of Family Studies.  

This report presents a cross-national comparison of the short- and medium-term economic effects of divorce.  Estimates for men and women are derived from longitudinal data from Australia, Germany, Korea, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

It details how the main sources of income for women change following divorce, and the relative contribution of these sources. The findings show that though divorce has a negative effect on the equivalent household incomes of women in all of these countries, the extent and duration of these negative effects differ markedly between the nations.

The report concludes by briefly considering the possible causes of these differences.

 

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Divorce Science Research Updates 6-22-2015


Children refusing to visit a separated or divorced parent is one of the most difficult issues affecting postdivorce adjustment.  Although this is a small group of children, there are many unanswered questions.  Below is some of the most recent work in this area.

Longer list of studies published regarding parental alienation between 2010-2015.  A more complete list of research report about divorce, remarriage and stepfamilies published in 2015 or between 2010-2015.

Parental Alientation

Polak, S., & Saini, M. (2015). Children Resisting Contact With a Parent Postseparation: Assessing This Phenomenon Using an Ecological Systems Framework. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 56(3), 220-247. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10502556.2015.1012698

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Trend in Children under 18 Living with Single Fathers


More children are living with their divorced or never married dads in the last 40 years, but look at what happened during the recession– more divorced dads with children and a dramatic drop for unmarried fathers.  The employment status of unmarried fathers may have something to do with this change.  More US Census Bureau demographics about living arrangements of children.

Children under 18 living with single father

 

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Divorce Science Research Update 6-15-2015


In this update, we highlight a divorce education program developed for use in Spain.  Several countries in Europe only recently legalized divorce so there is much work to assist families in understanding the process and developing coparenting skills.  The results of this study suggest that this program shows much promise.

Martínez-Pampliega, A., Aguado, V., Corral, S., Cormenzana, S., Merino, L., & Iriarte, L. (2015). Protecting Children After a Divorce: Efficacy of Egokitzen: An Intervention Program for Parents on Children’s Adjustment. Journal of Child and Family Studies, , 1-11. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10826-015-0186-7

A more complete list of research reports about divorce, remarriage and stepfamilies published in 2015 or between 2010-2015.

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Trends in Children Living with Single Mothers — US


Children living with unmarried single mothers has risen sharply for children over the past 40 years.  Almost half of children who are living with in mother-only households are headed by unmarried single mothers.  This graph from the US Census Bureau shows the patterns.

Trends in Number of Children Living with Single Mothers

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Divorce Science Research Update 6-5-2015


The most recent issue of the  Journal of Divorce and Remarriage  focus on divorce education, young adult adjustment, stepfamily adjustment and divorce in Portugal. This is Volume 56, Issue 4, 2015.

Portugal fairly recently (2008) enacted a “no-fault” divorce law.  Divorce rates in Portugal have been trending slightly upward over the past decade. (See graph.)

A more complete list of research report about divorce, remarriage and stepfamilies published in 2015 or between 2010-2015.

Divorce in Portugal 

Pereira, M. G., & Pinto, H. (2015). Women’s Perception of Separation/Divorce in Portugal: A Sociodemographic Profile. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 56(4), 300-316. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10502556.2015.1025896

Divorce Education (more resources for Divorce Education…)

Becher, E. H., Cronin, S., McCann, E., Olson, K. A., Powell, S., & Marczak, M. S. (2015). Parents Forever: Evaluation of an Online Divorce Education Program. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 56(4), 261-276. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10502556.2015.1025900

Young Adult Adjustment to Their Parents’ Divorce

Connel, B., Hayes, D., & Carlson, M. (2015). Relation Between Parental Divorce and Adjustment in College Students. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 56(4), 336-345. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10502556.2015.1025756

Konstam, V., Curran, T., & Karwin, S. (2015). Divorce and Emerging Adult and Young Women: Building Foundations for Self-Development. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 56(4), 277-299. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10502556.2015.1025897

Stepfamilies

Zeleznikow, L., & Zeleznikow, J. (2015). Supporting Blended Families to Remain Intact: A Case Study. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 56(4), 317-335. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10502556.2015.1025845

 

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Trend in Portugal’s Divorce Rate


After a spike in the divorce rate in 2002, the divorce rate in Portugal has only slightly increased over the past decade.  In 2008, “no-fault divorce” was legalized which may account for the slight increase in divorce since 2003.

A more complete list of research report about divorce, remarriage and stepfamilies published in 2015 or between 2010-2015.

Portugal divorce rates 1999-2012

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