Do Unmarried Fathers Lose Contact?

Does a father’s relationship with his child depend on the father’s relationship with the mother?  Among unmarried parents this seems to be so.  Researchers examined the effect on a father’s contact with his biological children when one or both of the parents enters a new relationship. When the relationship between unmarried biological parents ends, the chances are very high that the father’s contact with his children will significantly decline.  A mother’s new relationship has a greater effect than a new relationship for the father.  For both parents the effect of a new relationship is greatest when the children are young.

Abstract: Parenting as A “package deal”: Relationships, fertility, and nonresident father involvement among unmarried parents, Demography

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