A Typology of Attitudes Toward Proceeding with Divorce Among Parents in the Divorce Process

William J. Doherty, Steven M. Harris, Katharine Wickel Didericksen

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Abstract

This article introduces a typology of attitudes toward proceeding with a divorce among parents of minor children. The backdrop is recent research showing that some parents are ambivalent about the divorce and are open to reconciliation services. Surveying a sample of 624 parents who had filed for divorce, the study found that about two thirds of participants were certain they wanted the divorce, about one quarter indicated ambivalence, and about 8% did not want the divorce. These attitudes were strongly linked to interest in reconciliation services. The article discusses implications for lawyers and mediators in assessing divorce ambivalence and offering appropriate services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Divorce and Remarriage
Volume57
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2016

Keywords

  • Divorce
  • divorce lawyer
  • marriage
  • mediation
  • reconciliation

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