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Managing shared residence in Britain and France: questioning a default ‘primary carer’ model

Alexander Masardo

in Social Policy Review 21

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9781847423733
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303480 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847423733.003.0009
Managing shared residence in Britain and France: questioning a default ‘primary carer’ model

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This chapter considers an under-researched area of considerable significance — how shared residence is managed in households where the biological parents no longer live together. It compares how shared residence is managed in the UK and France, and concludes that despite attempts, especially in the UK, to create an expectation of shared residence in family break-up situations, there is still a considerable risk of disenfranchising predominantly fathers living apart from their children, and putting in place boundaries that discriminate against this emergent form of family life.

Keywords: shared residence; biological parents; UK and France; family break-up situations; fathers; family life

Chapter.  6827 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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