Journal Article

Contact/Shared Residence and Child Well-Being: Research Evidence and its Implications for Legal Decision-Making

Stephen Gilmore

in International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family

Volume 20, issue 3, pages 344-365
Published in print December 2006 | ISSN: 1360-9939
Published online August 2006 | e-ISSN: 1464-3707 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/lawfam/ebl016
Contact/Shared Residence and Child Well-Being: Research Evidence and its Implications for Legal Decision-Making

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This article considers the implications for legal decision-making of one aspect of research on children’s adjustment to parental separation: the significance for child well-being of maintaining a relationship with both parents, either by way of contact with a non-resident parent or by means of a shared (dual) residence arrangement (known in some jurisdictions as ‘joint physical custody’). It is argued that policy-makers who have rejected recent calls for a statutory presumption of child/non-resident parent contact, or of equal division of a child’s time between parents, have acted appropriately in the light of the research evidence.

Journal Article.  9835 words. 

Subjects: Family Law ; Marriage and the Family

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