Multi-Partner Fertility in a Disadvantaged Population: Results and Policy Implications of an Empirical Investigation of Paternity Actions in St. Joseph County, Indiana

52 Family Law Quarterly Spring 2019

23 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2018

Date Written: October 2, 2018

Abstract

In this paper, we report data on multi-partner fertility (MPF) in a population of children and parents for whom paternity actions were brought, in 2008 or 2010, in St. Joseph County, Indiana. The computerized, court-based record system we utilized enabled us to collect information on parental characteristics and child outcomes that other MPF researchers have been unable to access. Our research thus offers a unique, data-rich window into an important, and growing, aspect of contemporary family life. It also points the way to needed shifts in family policy and law.

Keywords: multipartner fertility, disadvantaged families, empirical, unmarried parents, children

JEL Classification: K19

Suggested Citation

Friedlander Brinig, Margaret and Garrison, Marsha, Multi-Partner Fertility in a Disadvantaged Population: Results and Policy Implications of an Empirical Investigation of Paternity Actions in St. Joseph County, Indiana (October 2, 2018). 52 Family Law Quarterly Spring 2019 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3259570

Margaret Friedlander Brinig (Contact Author)

Notre Dame Law School ( email )

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Marsha Garrison

Brooklyn Law School ( email )

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