Children's Living Arrangements after Marital and Cohabitation Dissolution in Europe.

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  • Author(s): Zilincikova, Zuzana
  • Source:
    Journal of Family Issues. Feb2021, Vol. 42 Issue 2, p345-373. 29p.
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      The rapid increase of the number of children being born in cohabitation appears to have an important impact on their lives, since they face a higher risk of parental breakup than children born in wedlock. This article aims to provide a cross-national overview of the living arrangements of children following breakup of cohabiting unions and to investigate whether the post-dissolution living arrangements differ between formerly cohabiting and married families. Analyzing the first wave of Generations and Gender Survey for 9 European countries shows that former cohabiters are not more or less likely to establish shared physical custody of their children than formerly married couples; however, formerly cohabiting fathers are somehow less likely to have sole custody of their children. The lower odds of sole-father custody among former cohabiters are caused by the selection of individuals into cohabiting unions (i.e., different demographic characteristics of cohabiting parents and union duration). [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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