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Geographical distances between separated parents: A longitudinal analysis

Thomas, M. J., Mulder, C. H. & Cooke, T. J., Oct-2018, In : European Journal of Population. 34, 4, p. 463-489

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Using detailed geocoded microdata from the British Household Panel Survey and longitudinal random-effects models, we analyse the determinants and trajectories of geographical distances between separated parents. Findings of particular note include the following: (1) post-separation linked lives, proximities and spatial constraints are characterised by important gender asymmetries; (2) the formation of new post-separation family ties (i.e. new partners and children) by fathers is linked to moves over longer distances away from the ex-partner than for mothers; (3) the distribution of pre-separation childcare responsibilities is relevant for determining post-separation proximity between parents; and (4) most variation in the distance between ex-partners occurs in the immediate period following separation (approximately the first year), suggesting that the initial conditions around separation can have long-lasting implications for the types of family life, ties and contact experienced in the years after separation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)463-489
JournalEuropean Journal of Population
Volume34
Issue number4
Early online date24-Jul-2017
Publication statusPublished - Oct-2018

    Keywords

  • Great Britain , Random-effects models, Linked lives, Family migration, Spatial (im)mobility, Separation and divorce, GENDER-ROLE BELIEFS, LIFE-COURSE EVENTS, FAMILY MIGRATION, ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES, PARTNERSHIP DISSOLUTION, RESIDENTIAL-MOBILITY, NONRESIDENT FATHERS, UNION DISSOLUTION, SPATIAL MOBILITY, GREAT-BRITAIN

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