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Overnight Stays and Children's Relationships with Resident and Nonresident Parents after Divorce

Journal of Family Issues, Vol. 29, No. 6, pp. 707-733, 2008

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 09/92

44 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2009  

Judith Cashmore

The University of Sydney Law School

Patrick Parkinson

The University of Sydney Law School

Alan Taylor

Macquarie University

Date Written: September 15, 2009

Abstract

This study focuses on adolescents' overnight contact with their non-resident parents. Sixty young people ages 12 to 19 and their resident parents were interviewed as part of a nationally representative study in Australia. The likelihood of overnight stays was lower when there was conflict and lack of trust between the parents. Adolescents who stayed overnight with their non-resident parents reported greater closeness and better quality relationships with their nonresident parents than did those who had daytime-only contact, an association that remained significant after taking account of the overall frequency of contact and the level of conflict between the parents (as reported by the resident parent and the child). The findings suggest that overnight stays may both reflect and change the nature of the relationship between children and their nonresident parents, with no apparent downside in this regard for the relationship between children and their resident parent.

Keywords: parental separation, overnight stays, parent-child relationships, non-resident parents

JEL Classification: K10, K30

Suggested Citation

Cashmore, Judith and Parkinson, Patrick and Taylor, Alan, Overnight Stays and Children's Relationships with Resident and Nonresident Parents after Divorce (September 15, 2009). Journal of Family Issues, Vol. 29, No. 6, pp. 707-733, 2008; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 09/92. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1474092

Judith Cashmore (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

Patrick Parkinson

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

Alan Taylor

Macquarie University ( email )

Sydney, NSW 2109
Australia

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