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Parenting after Partnering

Containing Conflict after Separation

Editor(s): Mavis Maclean
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Published: 20-12-2007
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Edition: 1st
Extent: 240
ISBN: 9781847314031
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Series: Oñati International Series in Law and Society
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About Parenting after Partnering

Relationships between adult partners following divorce or separation can be fragile, and the issues which have divided the parents are often hard to disentangle from the ongoing relationships between parents and children. There is a small group who have ongoing difficulty and who need professional help and legal intervention to make arrangements for ongoing parenting. This volume brings together a wealth of new empirical research from the USA, Central, North Western and Southern Europe, and Australia on the nature and importance of children's relationships with parents after parental separation, on the kinds of conflicts which develop, and on the range of professional interventions which support parents and children through these difficult times.

Table Of Contents

Introduction: Conflicted Contact between Parents and Children after Separation1
Mavis Maclean

Part 1: The Changing Landscape of Relationships

1. Improving the Quality of Parent–child Contact in Separating Families
Michael E Lamb

2. Why Some Children see their Father and Others do not; Questions Arising from a Pilot Study
Laura Cardia-Vonèche and Benoit Bastard

3. From Marriage to Parenthood: Rethinking Parenthood in Times of Reproductive Innovation
Malgorzata Fuszara and Jacek Kurczewski

Part 2: The Conflicts Associated with Post-separation Parenting

4. The Parenting Contest: Problems of Ongoing Conflict over Children
Vanessa May and Carol Smart

5. Dangerous Dads and Malicious Mothers: The Relevance of Gender to Contact Disputes
Liz Trinder

6. Legal Discourse and Gender Neutrality in Child Custody Reform in Spain
Agurtzane Goriena Lekue

Part 3: Professional Intervention

7. Enabling Contact: The Involvement of Psycho-social Professionals in Supporting Contact in Germany
Katrin Mueller-Johnson

8. The Changing Face of Contact in Australia
Helen Rhoades

9. Moving On: The Challenge for Children's Contact Services in Australia
Grania Sheehan, John Dewar and Rachel Carson

10. Children's Contact Services in Australia: The Referral Process
Belinda Fehlberg and Rosemary Hunter

11. Intervening in Litigated Contact: Ideas from Other Jurisdictions
Joan Hunt


“Parenting After Partnering is enjoyable and insightful. Each chapter has something to offer the reader, and together they make for a valuable addition to the resources available for family scholars.
Readers of Child and Family Law Quarterly are likely to find Parenting After Partnering both interesting and useful, and will benefit from its interdisciplinary and international perspectives.
” –  Robert H. George, Child and Family Law Quarterly, Volume 21, No. 1

“...The book contains important ideas and information and, as might be expected from a work edited by Mavis McLean, the writing and scholarship is generally of a high standard…” –  Richard Chisholm, Australian Journal of Family Law, 22:166

“This collection of articles provides a useful overview of presumptions about family within and across legal systems, data concerning people's experiences with legal systems, and reflections on the multiple challenges in governing families.” –  Susan Sterett, Law and Society Review, Vol 43:1

“...useful for international audiences especially for researchers and practitioners dealing with post-separation disputes...From the viewpoint of complexity, it is important that the book also presents research on post-separation family practices from non-English speaking (European) countries...the book reveals some of the unresolved issues underlying separation interpretations, which strive to become universal. The definite value of this book is, however, not to generate the conflict, but to go beyond it.” –  Hannele Forsberg, Children and Society, Vol 23

“...a thoroughly enjoyable read...provides up-to-the-minute evidence to support assumptions often made in this field...I would recommend this text principally to academics and students (both under and postgraduate) studying the socio-legal aspects of parental separation and childcare. It is, however, also likely that practitioners specialising in the field will find this text a worthwhile read.” –  Lesley-Anne Barnes, Scolag Legal Journal, Issue 375

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