The impact of a presumption for joint legal custody on father involvement

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Abstract

Several states have laws that declare a presumption for joint legal custody for divorced families. Although some presumption laws have existed for over two decades, their effects remain unexamined. This study assessed the impact of a presumption law on father involvement by examining days and nights of contact between father and child per month, father attendance at children's activities, father participation in decision-making and payment of child support orders. The results indicate that a presumption law does not currently result in more father involvement; however, the author recommends the application of more well controlled studies before making recommendations to professionals in the field.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Divorce and Remarriage
Volume39
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2003

Keywords

  • Custody
  • Divorce
  • Divorce and fathers
  • Fathers and custody
  • Joint custody

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