Human Development & Family Studies, University of Missouri, 411 Gentry Hall, Columbia, MO 65211.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Divorced Mothers' Experiences With Coparenting
Article first published online: 4 SEP 2012
© 2012 by the National Council on Family Relations
Volume 61, Issue 4, pages 586–600, October 2012
How to Cite
Markham, M. S. and Coleman, M. (2012), The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Divorced Mothers' Experiences With Coparenting. Family Relations, 61: 586–600. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3729.2012.00718.x
- Issue published online: 4 SEP 2012
- Article first published online: 4 SEP 2012
- grounded theory;
- shared custody
This study produces a grounded theory of how 20 predominantly White, well-educated women experienced sharing physical custody of their children with their former partners after divorce or separation. Three patterns of coparenting were identified in the data: continuously contentious, always amicable, and bad to better. Five negative factors and three positive factors that influenced mothers' coparenting relationships were identified. The type of relationship women had with their ex-partners was related to how they shared custody of their children (e.g., how they exchanged their children). The findings of this study suggest that shared physical custody relationships are dynamic and can vary greatly.