Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Economic Conditions of Divorce and Separation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Michaela Kreyenfeld, Heike Trappe
      Pages 3-21 Open Access
    3. Dimitri Mortelmans
      Pages 23-41 Open Access
    4. Anke Radenacker
      Pages 65-81 Open Access
  3. Parent-Child Relationships

  4. Parent and Child Well-Being

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Inge Pasteels, Kim Bastaits
      Pages 195-213 Open Access
    3. Katja Köppen, Michaela Kreyenfeld, Heike Trappe
      Pages 235-264 Open Access
  5. Health-Related Consequences of Divorce and Separation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 265-265
    2. Daniel Brüggmann
      Pages 289-308 Open Access

About this book


This open access book assembles landmark studies on divorce and separation in European countries, and how this affects the life of parents and children. It focuses on four major areas of post-separation lives, namely (1) economic conditions, (2) parent-child relationships, (3) parent and child well-being, and (4) health. Through studies from several European countries, the book showcases how legal regulations and social policies influence parental and child well-being after divorce and separation. It also illustrates how social policies are interwoven with the normative fabric of a country. For example, it is shown that father-child contact after separation is more intense in those countries which have adopted policies that encourage shared parenting. Correspondingly, countries that have adopted these regulations are at the forefront of more egalitarian gender role attitudes. Apart from a strong emphasis on the legal and social policy context, the studies in this volume adopt a longitudinal perspective and situate post-separation behaviour and well-being in the life course. The longitudinal perspective opens up new avenues for research to understand how behaviour and conditions prior or at divorce and separation affect later behaviour and well-being. As such this book is of special appeal to scholars of family research as well as to anyone interested in the role of divorce and separation in Europe in the 21st century.


Open access Separation Divorce Life course Well-being Parent-child relationships post-separation families Parental and Child well-being economic conditions after divorce

Editors and affiliations

  • Michaela Kreyenfeld
    • 1
  • Heike Trappe
    • 2
  1. 1.Hertie SchoolBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Institut für Soziologie und DemographieUniversität RostockRostockGermany

About the editors

Michaela Kreyenfeld is professor of sociology at the Hertie School. Her research focuses on family behaviour, life course analysis, and social policy. Until 2016, she led the research group Life Course, Social Policy, and the Family at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock. Between 2005 and 2012, she was a junior professor of demography at the University of Rostock.

Heike Trappe is professor of sociology and family demography at the University of Rostock. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of family demography, gender stratification, and the nexus of work and family life in Germany and other societies.

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