Dyadic analysis of repartnering after divorce : do children matter?
Faculty of Social Sciences. Sociology
Zeitschrift für Familienforschung : Beiträge zu Haushalt, Verwandtschaft und Lebenslauf. - Leverkusen, 1998, currens
, p. 143-164
University of Antwerp
Using individual and dyadic data from the Divorce in Flanders project, we explore the role of children on post marital relationship trajectories of divorcees. With sequence analysis, multichannel analysis and multinomial regression, we found that post marital relationship trajectories of divorcees are strongly associated with the presence of children of the first marriage. Firstly, the assignment to the clusters of a post marital relationship trajectory classification depends on the presence of children for male and female divorcees but the association is stronger for women compared to men. The main tendency for both male and female divorcees is that singleness is related to the presence of children and cohabiting unions are rarer among parents. Secondly, using childrens living arrangement as an indicator of parental status, post marital relationship trajectories between childless women and women with children are more equivalent if children live with both parents or mainly with their father. Finally analyzing combined relationship trajectories of ex-spouses of the same dissolved first marriage showed that the likelihood of fathers being in an unmarried cohabitation combined with mothers staying single is strongly decreased if children do not live with their mother most of the time. On the contrary, if children live with their mother, the likelihood of ex-spouses being both involved in an unmarried cohabitation is also decreased. Overall, we conclude that dyadic repartnering mechanisms seem to be driven by childrens living arrangement, so that a residential father or a shared living arrangement facilitates the mother in order to start a new partnership after divorce.