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Geographical Distances Between Separated Parents: A Longitudinal Analysis

Michael J. Thomas (), Clara H. Mulder () and Thomas Cooke ()
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Michael J. Thomas: University of Groningen
Clara H. Mulder: University of Groningen

European Journal of Population, 2018, vol. 34, issue 4, 463-489

Abstract: Abstract 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.

Keywords: Separation and divorce; Spatial (im)mobility; Family migration; Linked lives; Random-effects models; Great Britain (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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