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Parenting and post-separation contact: what are the links?
Tina Haux, Lucinda Platt and Rachel Rosenberg
June 2015
Paper No' CASE/189:
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JEL Classification: J12

Tags: parenting; fathers; father involvement; separation; child contact;

High rates of parental separation and the extent to which non-resident fathers lose contact with their child have led to concerns about the involvement of fathers in their children’s lives. In this paper, we draw on a nationally representative study of children born in 2000-2001 in the UK to provide an original analysis of the relationship between pre-separation fathering and post-separation contact. We provide new insights into the drivers of post-separation contact and the extent to which such post-separation contact represents a continuation of pre-separation fathering practices. We find that fathers who were more active parents prior to separation tend to have more frequent contact after separation. Nevertheless there is still a tendency, even among more involved fathers, to reduce or lose contact over time.