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Shared Physical Custody

Interdisciplinary Insights in Child Custody Arrangements

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  • 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. Children and Shared Physical Custody

  2. Dynamic View on Shared Physical Custody

  3. Legal Frameworks of Child Support


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.

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.

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