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In 2017, National Parents Organization, in collaboration with the International Council on Shared Parenting (ICSP), brought together the world’s leading researchers on child well-being and separated parenting in order to address the most pressing questions about shared parenting when parents live apart. The groundbreaking research of the participants in the conference, clearly supports the conclusion that, if we make the well-being of children our priority, shared parenting should be the norm when parents live apart. You can watch the videos for FREE with registration, here.

Research Articles
(Articles are arranged in reverse chronological order within each category.)


Shared Parenting and Child Well-Being in General


Reviews, Overviews, and Meta-Analyses

Fabricius, William V. “Equal Parenting Time: The Case for a Legal Presumption, The Oxford Handbook of Children and the Law, ed. by James G. Dwyer, Oxford University Press, 2020 (DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190694395.013.22)  

Braver, Sanford L. and Michael E. Lamb.Shared Parenting After Parental Separation: The Views of 12 Experts,” Journal of Divorce & Remarriage 59(2018)5, 372-287.

Kruk, Edward. “Arguments Against a Presumption of Shared Physical Custody in Family Law,” Journal of Divorce & Remarriage 59(2018)5, 388-400.

Nielsen, Linda. “Preface to the Special Issue: Shared Physical Custody: Recent Research, Advances, and Applications,” Journal of Divorce & Remarriage 59(2018)4, 237-246.

Steinbach, Anja. “Children’s and Parents’ Well-Being in Joint Physical Custody: A Literature Review,” Family Process 10(2018)10, 1-20.

Baude, Amandine et al.Child Adjustment in Joint Physical Custody Versus Sole Custody: A Meta-Analytic Review,” Journal of Divorce & Remarriage 57(2016)5, 338-360.

Bauserman, Robert. “Child Adjustment in Joint-Custody Versus Sole-Custody Arrangements: A Meta-Analytic Review,” Journal of Family Psychology 16(2002)1, 91-102.



Shared Parenting of Infants and Toddlers

Warshak, Richard A.  “Night Shifts: Revisiting Blanket Restrictions on Children’s Overnights With Separated Parents,” Journal of Divorce & Remarriage 59 (2018)4, 282–323

Bergström, Malin, et al.Preschool Children Living in Joint Physical Custody Arrangements Show Less Psychological Symptoms than Those Living Mostly or Only with One Parent,” Acta Pædiatrica 107(2018), 294-300.

Fabricius, William V. and Go Woon Suh. “Should Infants and Toddlers Have Frequent Overnight Parenting Time with Fathers? The Policy Debate and New Data,” Psychology, Public Policy, and Law 23(2017)1, 68-84.

Warshak, Richard. "Stemming the Tide of Misinformation: International Consensus on Shared Parenting and Overnighting," Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 30(2017)1, 177-217.

Warshak, Richard A. “Social Science and Parenting Plans for Young Children: A Consensus Report,” Psychology, Public Policy, and Law 20(2014)1, 46-67.

Shared Parenting in High-Parental-Conflict Cases


Nielsen, Linda. “Joint Versus Sole Physical Custody: Outcomes for Children Independent of Family Income of Parental Conflict,” Journal of Child Custody, 15(2018)1, 35-54 DOI: 10.1080/15379418.2017.1422414.

Mahrer, Nicole E. “Does Shared Parenting Help or Hurt Children in High-Conflict Divorced Families? Journal of Divorce & Remarriage 59(2018)4, 324-347.

Nielsen, Linda. “Re-Examining the Research on Parental Conflict, Coparenting, and Custody Arrangements,” Psychology, Public Policy, and Law 23(2017)2, 211-231.

Shared Parenting - Other Issues

Meyer, Daniel, et al. "Changes in Placement after Divorce and Implications for Child Support Policy," Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2019)

Bauserman, Robert. "A Meta-analysis of Parental Satisfaction, Adjustment, and Conflict in Joint Custody and Sole Custody Following Divorce," Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 53(2012)6, 464-488.

Braver, Sanford, et al. "Lay Judgments About Child Custody After Divorce," Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 17(2011)2, 212-240.

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