The marginalization of nonresident fathers: Their postdivorce roles

Bruce Hawthorne, C. J. Lennings

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A sample of 260 Australian men were surveyed about their experience as nonresident fathers and their contact with their children. Most reported having little input into decisions concerning children's postseparation living arrangements, the amount of child support they paid, and the spending of their child support payments. Many claimed to have very limited say in any parenting decisions, and little or no involvement in children's schools. Fathers' limited parental role was found to be negatively correlated with their ongoing contact and involvement with children, and positively with their reported level of interparental hostility. Many respondents viewed their marginalization as parents as an impediment to their capacity to develop meaningful relationships with their children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-209
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Divorce and Remarriage
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Child support
  • Divorce
  • Fathers
  • Interparental hostility
  • Nonresident fathers
  • Parental authority


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