Divorced Fathers

Children’s Needs and Parental Responsibilities

By Edward Kruk  

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Once mainly breadwinners and disciplinarians, fathers are becoming increasingly involved and invested in their children’s lives. Edward Kruk examines how this changing role has affected fathers’ experiences of divorce and the loss of children that too often follows. This book offers a glimpse into the emotional loss that fathers suffer and their perspectives on what is best for their children in the divorce transition. Ultimately, Kruk argues, children benefit most from the love and support of both parents, and we need to ensure that fathers continue to play a meaningful parenting role after divorce.

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Contents

  • Introduction
  • Child Absence and Father Absence: The Impact of Divorce on Fathers, Children and Families
  • Research Results: The Lived Experiences of Divorced Fathers
  • Research Results: Children’s Needs and Paternal and Social Institutional Responsibilities After Divorce
  • Shared Parental Responsibility: A New Framework for Child Custody Determination
  • Discussion and Concluding Remarks
  • Bibliography

Authors

  • Edward Kruk

    Edward Kruk is an associate professor of social work at University of British Columbia. He is the author of Meditation and Conflict in Social Work and Human Services (1997) and Divorce and Disengagement: Patterns of Fatherhood Within and Beyond Marriage (1993).