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Shared Physical Custody

Interdisciplinary Insights in Child Custody Arrangements

  • Views determinants and consequences of shared custody

  • Focuses not only on children but also on the parents

  • This book is open access and freely available online

Part of the book series: European Studies of Population (ESPO, volume 25)

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Table of contents (14 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-vi
  2. Interdisciplinary Overviews

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 19-19
    2. Alternating Homes – A New Family Form – The Family Sociology Perspective

      • Elizabeth Thomson, Jani Turunen
      Pages 21-35Open Access
    3. Psychological Perspectives on Joint Physical Custody

      • Robert E. Emery
      Pages 37-50Open Access
  3. Parents and Shared Physical Custody

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 73-73
    2. Who Cares? An Event History Analysis of Co-parenthood Dynamics in Belgium

      • Elke Claessens, Dimitri Mortelmans
      Pages 131-152Open Access
  4. Children and Shared Physical Custody

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 153-153
    2. The SOHI: Operationalizing a New Model for Studying Teenagers’ Sense of Home in Post-divorce Families

      • Laura Merla, Jonathan Dedonder, Bérengère Nobels, Sarah Murru
      Pages 155-180Open Access
  5. Dynamic View on Shared Physical Custody

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 231-231
    2. Coparenting Interventions and Shared Physical Custody: Insights and Challenges

      • Joëlle Darwiche, Cindy Eira Nunes, Nahema El Ghaziri, Camille Imesch, Séverine Bessero
      Pages 253-282Open Access
  6. Legal Frameworks of Child Support

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 283-283
    2. Shared Physical Custody After Parental Separation: Evidence from Germany

      • Sabine Walper, Christine Entleitner-Phleps, Alexandra N. Langmeyer
      Pages 285-308Open Access

About this book

This open access book provides an overview of the ever-growing phenomenon of children in shared physical custody thereby providing legal, psychological, family sociological and demographical insights. It describes how, despite the long evolution of broken families, only the last decade has seen a radical shift in custody arrangements for children in divorced families and the gender revolution in parenting which is taking place. The chapters have a national or cross-national perspective and address topics like prevalence and types of shared physical custody, legal frames regulating custody arrangements, stability and changes in arrangements across the life course of children, socio‐economic, psychological, social well-being of various family members involved in different custody arrangements. With the book being an interdisciplinary collaboration, it is interesting read for social scientists in demography, sociology, psychology, law and policy makers with an interest family studies and custody arrangements.


  • Children well-being
  • Consequences of divorce and separation
  • Parents-children relationships
  • Child support
  • Family Demography
  • Divorce rates
  • Union formation
  • Child living arrangements
  • Non-intact family setting
  • Co-parenthood
  • Child support and shared care
  • Open access
  • New family forms
  • Law on parental responsibilities
  • Father-Child relationship
  • Post-divorce families
  • Shared parenting after divorce
  • Legal frameworks of child support

Editors and Affiliations

  • LIVES Centre, Swiss Centre of Expertise in Life Course Research and Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland

    Laura Bernardi

  • Centre for Population, Family and Health (CPFH), University of Antwerp, Antwerpen, Belgium

    Dimitri Mortelmans

About the editors

Laura Bernardi is Full Professor of Demography and Life Course Sociology at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland (2008-present), and a member of the Research Council of the Swiss National Research Foundation. She led an Independent Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research and was Assistant Professor at the University of Rostock. She had been part of the Board of Directors of the Swiss National Centre for Competence in Research (NCCR) LIVES. Her research interests are in the field of life course and family demography.

Dimitri Mortelmans is Senior Full Professor in Sociology at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Antwerp, Belgium. He is Head of the Centre for Population, Family and Health (CPFH). He teaches Introduction to Scientific Work, Quantitative Research methods, Qualitative Research Methods, Applied Multivariate Statistics and Advanced topics in family sociology, life course sociology and demography. His research concentrates on family sociology and life course sociology.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)