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Dividing the Child

Social and Legal Dilemmas of Custody

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$48.00 • £41.95 • €43.95

ISBN 9780674212954

Publication Date: 08/19/1998


416 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

34 figures, 68 tables


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  • Preface
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Understanding the Processes of Divorce
  • 3. Characteristics of the Families Studied
  • 4. Initial Residence and Visitation
  • 5. Child Custody: What Parents Want and Get
  • 6. The Economic Provisions of the Divorce Decree
  • 7. Conflict over the Terms of the Divorce Decree
  • 8. Continuity and Change in Children’s Residence and Visitation
  • 9. Parenting and Co-parenting Apart
  • 10. Economic Changes over Time
  • 11. Facing the Dilemmas of Child Custody
  • Appendix A: Supplementary Tables
  • Appendix B: Methods
  • Notes
  • References
  • Index

Awards & Accolades

  • 1993 William J. Goode Book Award, Sociology of the Family Section of the American Sociological Association

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