YOUNG ADULTS' PERSPECTIVES ON DIVORCE Living Arrangements

Authors

  • William V. Fabricius,

    1. William V. Fabricius is an associate professor of psychology at Arizona State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
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  • Jeff A. Hall

    1. Jeff A. Hall graduated from Arizona State University in December 1999 with a bachelor of science degree in psychology. Currently, he is continuing his studies while working in the technology sector.
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  • Authors' Note: We would like to thank Dominica Nersita for her help in the early stages of this project and Sandy Braver and Irwin Sandler for their comments on a previous draft.

Abstract

There is increasing consensus that the perspectives of children need to be taken into account in decisions made by divorcing parents and the courts and that young adults who have lived through their parents' divorces can be an important source of information about children's perspectives. In this study, the authors assessed the perspectives of 820 college adults from divorced families on the issue of children's living arrangements after divorce. Respondents wanted to have spent more time with their fathers as they were growing up, and the living arrangement they believed was best was living equal time with each parent. The living arrangements they had as children gave them generally little time with their fathers. Respondents reported that their fathers wanted more time with them but that their mothers generally did not want them to spend more time with their fathers.

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