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When fathers lose touch with their children after a separation


  • Arnaud Régnier-Loilier



According to the 2005 ERFI survey, almost one in ten under-age children whose parents are separated never see their father. The younger the child at the time of parental separation, the less frequently he or she subsequently sees his father. The proportion of children who never see their father is high when the divorce was not by mutual consent but initiated by either the mother or the father only. It is also higher when the father has a low level of education, has an unstable job or is unemployed, or has a low income. Loss of contact between father and child is less frequent in cases of alternating residence.

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  • Arnaud Régnier-Loilier, 2013. "When fathers lose touch with their children after a separation," Population and Societies 500, Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED).
  • Handle: RePEc:idg:posoce:500

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