Fathering after Union Dissolution: Father-child Contacts Cover Image

Būti tėvu po skyrybų: tėvo kontaktai su nepilnamečiais vaikais
Fathering after Union Dissolution: Father-child Contacts

Author(s): Aušra Maslauskaitė, Deimantė Kuconytė
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Gender Studies, Education, Psychology, Sociology, Family and social welfare, Sociology of Culture
Published by: Vytauto Didžiojo Universitetas
Keywords: Father-child contacts; Child maintenance after divorce; Legal context of fatherhood in Lithuania;

Summary/Abstract: The aim of this article is to analyse the postdivorce father-child contact, to reveal the sociological factors and to contextualize them within the legal framework. The issue has been scarcely researched in Lithuanian sociology despite the high marital disruption rates and a large number of children spending part or whole childhood in the single mother households. The presented analysis is based on the national survey of single mothers and their reports on the father-child contact. The analysis proves that the frequency of child-father contact is relatively lower in Lithuania than in some other Western European countries. The frequency of contacts is positively linked to the father’s involvement in the child maintenance and this is consistent with other research findings. The results demonstrate the positive association between the frequency of contacts and material wellbeing of single mother family. The findings of the socio-legal analysis of post-divorce fatherhood in Lithuania leads to the conclusion that the legal system has substantial shortcomings and needs to be oriented towards the activation of father-child contact.

  • Issue Year: VII/2016
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 11-32
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: Lithuanian