Noncustodial fathers: Continued parent-child contact after divorce

Larry J. Karp (2000)

The research literature notes that many noncustodial fathers two years after divorce have decreasing contact with their children (Hetherington, 1989); and that only 24% of children of divorce have contact with their noncustodial father once a week or more (Nord & Zill, 1996). In this study nine men were interviewed who are noncustodial, divorced, fathers and have weekly contact with their children more than two years post divorce. Long held beliefs about the responsibilities of a father, his relationship with his ex-wife, support from his current domestic partner, and early life experiences are found to be the most significant contributors for this continued high level of contact.