|Repartnering Following Divorce: Implications for Older Fathers' Relations With Their Adult Children
|Year of Publication
|Journal of Marriage and Family
|Adult children, Demographics, Event History/Life Cycle, Health Conditions and Status, Net Worth and Assets
This study examined the implications of postdivorce fathers' new unions and additional (step)children for two aspects of older fathers' relations with adult children born from a prior relationship: frequency of social contact and fathers' financial transfers. Data from multiple waves of the Health and Retirement Study (N=13,017 observations on 4,997 adult children belonging to 1,917 ever-divorced fathers) were used to estimate multilevel models. The results indicated that divorced fathers who go on to form a new union have weaker relations with adult children from a prior union than their postdivorce counterparts who remain single. This finding partly reflects the detrimental effects of repartnered older fathers' new biological children and stepchildren. There is no difference between older remarried and cohabiting fathers' intergenerational ties. Moreover, fathers' additional biological children and stepchildren have similarly negative effects on fathers' relations with adult children from a previous union.
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Aging/Cohabitation/Divorce/Financial transfer/Intergenerational contact/Remarriage/stepfamilies