European Journal of Population

, Volume 34, Issue 1, pp 1–31 | Cite as

Maternal Repartnering: Does Father Involvement Matter? Evidence from United Kingdom

  • Lawrence M. Berger
  • Lidia Panico
  • Anne Solaz


Maternal repartnering may have benefits for mothers and children. Yet, mothers with coresident children face more difficulty repartnering than other adults. Despite that shared physical custody and father involvement have increased over time, few studies have examined whether nonresidential father involvement and financial support are associated with subsequent maternal repartnering. Using data from the UK Millennium Cohort Study, we found a negative relationship between nonresident father involvement and subsequent maternal repartnering among mothers who were neither married nor cohabiting at childbirth. A potential explanation is that these parents may be engaged in fluid and uncertain relationships, and that the ambiguity thereof may discourage maternal repartnering. We found no association between father involvement and maternal repartnering for mothers who were cohabiting with or married to the father at the time of birth. Finally, we found no association between child support (maintenance) receipt and maternal repartnering, regardless of parental relationship status at the birth.


Separation Divorce Repartnering Custody Children Millennium Cohort Study 



We thank the Millennium Cohort Study families for their time and cooperation, as well as the MCS team at the Institute of Education. This work was supported in part by the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.


This research was partly supported by NICHD Grant Number K01HD054421 (to Berger) and by funding from the Institute for Research on Poverty and the Waisman Center (NICHD Grant Number P30 HD03352) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Research on Poverty and School of Social WorkUniversity of Wisconsin–MadisonMadisonUSA
  2. 2.Institut National d’Etudes Demographiques (INED)Paris Cedex 20France

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