Divorce

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Working paper

Marital dissolution and personal wealth: examining gendered trends across the dissolution process

This study examines personal wealth changes over the dissolution process, starting up to three years prior to separation and until 15 years after legal divorce.
Working paper

Teenage daughters as a cause of divorce

Evidence from the U.S. that couples with daughters are more likely to divorce than couples with sons has not been found for other Western countries.
Report

Diversity, complexity and change in children’s households

Two in five Australian children live in households with more complex family relationships at some stage during their childhood. Key Findings “Complex” households are simply non-traditional households, where children may live with: a single parent; a non-biological parent; step or half-siblings (i.e., “blended” families); or...
Article

Separated parents and the family law system: what does the evidence say?

Talk of reforming the Family Court and family law system is back in the headlines, but agitation about the family law system has a long history. Since the introduction of the Family Law Act and the establishment of the Family Court of Australia in 1976...
Report

The economic consequences of divorce in six OECD countries

This report presents a cross-national comparison of the short- and medium-term economic effects of divorce. Overview This paper uses longitudinal data to estimate the short- and medium-term economic effects of divorce in the USA, the UK, Switzerland, Korea, Germany and Australia during the first decade...
Article

Recovering from relationship breakdown: public policy and repartnering

Relationship breakdown has economic costs: one household is split into two, and its income is also divided.
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Caring for children after separation or divorce

This article discusses the issues and challenges that can arise in sharing the care of children after parents' separation.
Report

Relationship problems and money: women talk about financial abuse

This report examines the barriers women face to building their financial independence and long-term security post-separation.
Report

Review of child support objections

Summary: This audit assessed the effectiveness of the Department of Human Services’ administration of the child support objection review process. To assist in evaluating the department’s performance in terms of the audit objective, the ANAO developed the following high level criteria: the department effectively promoted...
Report

The influence of unstable housing on children's wellbeing and development: evidence from a national longitudinal study

Little evidence has been produced on the influence of housing on children’s development in Australia. This study, relying on LSAC 2004 and 2008 data, begins to fill this gap by examining the association between residential mobility, unstable housing tenure and housing stress on children’s cognitive...
Article

Trends in couple dissolution: an update

This article updates trends in couple dissolution that formed the basis of an article that was published in the second edition of Family Relationships Quarterly, and includes additional information concerning the duration of marriages and differences in rates of relationship dissolution for marriages and cohabiting...
Report

Parental divorce and adult family, social and psychological outcomes

This paper uses data from the Personality and Total Health (PATH) Through Life Project to examine differences in outcomes for children from divorced compared with intact families of origin. The data cover a broad range of adult outcomes relating to family, social and psychological factors...
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Attitudes towards divorce

Divorce trends have sparked a great deal of research into and debates about key reasons behind these trends. Included here are the roles of pre-separation difficulties, the separation itself, and post-separation upheavals in explaining children's elevated risk of negative developmental outcomes. The general public is...
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Divorces, Australia, 2007

This report provides information for the analysis of family structure in Australia. This electronic product presents at the national and state level, registered divorces by age, duration of marriage at final separation and at date of dissolution, country of birth and number of children.Almost 48,000...
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Marriage breakdown in Australia: social correlates, gender and initiator status

This paper aims to obtain a better understanding of marriage breakdown in the Australian context, with a particular focus on gender differences in the social correlates of marriage breakdown. It analyses retrospective data from all persons who were currently or had been previously married at...
Report

The implications of loss of a partner for older private renters: final report

This report aims to examine the effects of divorce, separation or bereavement on the housing and related financial circumstances of people aged 50 or over in different housing tenures, and in particular those on income support payments.
Report

Divorces, Australia 2006

This latest edition in the series from the Australian Bureau of Statistics provides information on divorces granted in Australia in 2006. Key indicators of national and state divorces are also included in the analytical commentary on the summary page; detailed divorce tables are available with...
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The consequences of divorce for financial living standards in later life

There is very little empirical evidence in Australia on the financial consequences of divorce for older people. This report begins to fill this gap by providing some of the first estimates of the financial consequences of divorce for Australians aged 55 to 74 years.
Report

Who decides? The social characteristics of who initiates marital separation

This study investigates gender differences in the associations between social characteristics and men’s and women’s reports of which spouse initiated marital separation. Using retrospective data on 9,147 first marriages from the Household Income and Labor Dynamics in Australia survey (2001), we find that some social...
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The implications of loss of a partner for older private renters

his positioning paper explores the implications of loss of a partner for private renters aged 50 years and over. It focuses on renters rather than owners as the housing circumstances of renters are considered more susceptible to financial stress and uncertainty.
Report

Divorces, Australia, 2005

Across Australia the number of divorces decreased by 348 (0.7%), from 52,747 in 2004 to 52,399 in 2005. In 2005, the number of divorces in Australia represented the fourth annual decrease since a high of 55,330 in 2001. There was a 2.4% decrease in 2002...
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Love can hurt, divorce will cost

Divorce has far reaching financial consequences with an immediate impact on lifestyle and disposable income and a potentially significant long-term impact on wealth accumulation, according to the latest AMP.NATSEM Income and Wealth Report, by Simon Kelly and Ann Harding.
Report

A question of fault: a short history of Australian divorce law since 1959

Morag Donaldson examines the main legislative provisions of the system of fault-based divorce which existed under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1959 and the main legislative provisions of the current system of no-fault divorce under the Family Law Act 1975.
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Financial living standards after divorce: a recent snapshot

A decade or so ago, mothers (and their children) in Australia were found to be at an economic disadvantage after divorce compared with fathers. Since the late 1980s, however, significant social and economic change may have improved the financial living standards of divorced women relative...