If you are just starting to study children, families and divorce, here are some good scientific articles and books to begin with. There is also a list of the major behavioral and social scientists who are studying divorce.
Major Scientific Review Articles and Integrative Books
Amato, P. R. (2001). Children of divorce in the 1990s: An update of the Amato and Keith (1991) meta-analysis. Journal of Family Psychology, 15(3), 355-370.
Amato, P. R. (2003). Reconciling divergent perspectives: Judith Wallerstein, quantitative family research, and children of divorce. Family Relations, 52, 332-339.
Amato, P. R. (2010). Research on divorce: Continuing trends and new developments. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72, 650-666. Doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2010.00723.x
Amato, P. R., & Keith, B. (1991). Parental divorce and the well-being of children: A meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin, 110(1), 26-46.
Cherlin, A. J. (1999). Going to extremes: Family structure, children’s well-being, and social science. Demography, 36(4), 421-428.
Demo, D. H., & Fine, M. A. (2010). Beyond the average divorce. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Emery, R. E. (2011). Renegotiating family relationships: Divorce, child custody, and mediation. (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford Press.
Kelly, J. B. & Emery, R. E. (2003). Children’s adjustment following divorce: Risk and resilience perspectives. Family Relations, 52, 352-362.
Lansford, J. E. (2009). Parental divorce and children’s adjustment. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 4(2), 140-152