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date: 16 November 2019

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This chapter reviews outcomes in children where parental separation has occurred and their complex determinants. As the title suggests, many children encounter parental relationship ruptures that do not involve legal marriage, although our body of research has narrowly focused on this category. This chapter overviews methods used for conducting evaluations with special attention to the more nuanced approach needed when the evaluation occurs in the context of legal actions where custody is being decided. Finally, it highlights intervention strategies that have been used to reduce risk to children and families as they make these transitions. Attention is paid to both psychological interventions and more macrolevel changes aimed to buffer economic costs. Throughout the chapter, data are presented on diversity issues. The lack of findings for fathers in each topic and on dissolution when racial minorities or same-sex couples are considered is highlighted.

Keywords: divorce, separation, marriage, custody, children, assessment, diversity, intervention

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