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Divorce in Europe

New Insights in Trends, Causes and Consequences of Relation Break-ups

  • This open access book provides the latest on divorce trends including leveling off or decreasing divorce trends

  • Includes new insights in consequences of divorce for adults, children and the larger family network

  • Discusses divorce risks of countries which show the highest divorce figures in Europe

Part of the book series: European Studies of Population (ESPO, volume 21)

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Table of contents (17 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    • Dimitri Mortelmans
    Pages 1-14Open Access
  3. On Divorce Trends

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 15-15
    2. On Increasing Divorce Risks

      • Michael Wagner
      Pages 37-61Open Access
    3. Divorce Trends in Seven Countries Over the Long Transition from State Socialism: 1981–2004

      • Juho Härkönen, Sunnee Billingsley, Maria Hornung
      Pages 63-89Open Access
  4. Divorce Risks

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 91-91
    2. The More the Merrier? The Effect of Children on Divorce in a Pronatalist Society

      • Amit Kaplan, Miri Endeweld, Anat Herbst-Debby
      Pages 123-143Open Access
  5. Consequences of Divorce for Ex-partners

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 145-145
    2. Gray Divorce and Social and Emotional Loneliness

      • Robin S. Högnäs
      Pages 147-165Open Access
    3. Does Divorce Penalize Elderly Fathers in Receiving Help from Their Children? Evidence from Russia

      • Margot Maes, Gert Thielemans, Ekaterina Tretyakova
      Pages 167-182Open Access
    4. Coping Strategies of Migrant Ex-partners. Does Work, Family, or a New Partner Help You Through the Dark Times?

      • Dimitri Mortelmans, Layla Van den Berg, Gert Thielemans
      Pages 183-209Open Access
    5. Multi-dimensional Subjective Wellbeing and Lone Parenthood Following Divorce in Flanders (Northern Belgium)

      • Sam Jenkinson, Hideko Matsuo, Koenraad Matthys
      Pages 211-236Open Access
    6. Knotting the Safety Net. A Multi-Actor Family Network Approach in Divorce Research

      • Vera de Bel, Dries Van Gasse
      Pages 237-249Open Access
  6. Divorce and the Parent-Child Relationship

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 251-251
    2. Public Attitudes Toward Shared Custody: The Czech Republic

      • Petr Fučík
      Pages 253-270Open Access
    3. Feelings of Guilt in the Family: The Case of Divorced Parents

      • Matthijs Kalmijn
      Pages 271-289Open Access
    4. Quality of Non-resident Father-Child Relationships: Between “Caring for” and “Caring About”

      • Aušra Maslauskaitė, Artūras Tereškinas
      Pages 291-311Open Access
  7. Consequences for Children

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 313-313

About this book

This open access book collects the major discussions in divorce research in Europe.  It starts with an understanding of divorce trends. Why was divorce increasing so rapidly throughout the US and Europe and do we see signs of a turn? Do cohabitation breakups influence divorce trends or is there a renewed stability on the partner market?

In terms of divorce risks, the book contains new insights on Eastern European countries. These post socialist countries have evolved dramatically since the fall of the Wall and at present they show the highest divorce figures in Europe. Also the influence of gender, and more specifically women’s education as a risk in divorce is examined cross nationally. The book also provides explanations for the negative gradient in female education effects on divorce.  It devotes three separate parts to new insights in the post-divorce effects of the life course event by among others looking at consequences for adults and children but also taking the larger family network into account. As such the book is of interest to demographers, sociologists, psychologists, family therapists, NGOs, and politicians.


  • Divorce trends
  • Risk factors of divorce
  • Consequences of divorce
  • Child well-being
  • Intergenerational ties
  • Family formation
  • cohabition breakups
  • Open Access

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Sociology, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

    Dimitri Mortelmans

About the editor

Dimitri Mortelmans (1972) is Senior Full Professor in Sociology at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Antwerp (Belgium). He is head of the Centre for Population, Family and Health (CPFH). His research concentrates on family sociology and sociology of labour. He has published on divorce, new constituted families, gendered labour careers and work-life balance. He is also the main author of the Step in Statistics book series of which six volumes have been published (in Dutch). On qualitative methodology, he published the Handbook of Qualitative Research Methods and Qualitative Analysis with NVivo. In demography, he co-edited “Changing Family Dynamics and Demographic Evolution. The Family Kaleidoscope” and “Lone parenthood in the Life Course”. 

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)