doi.org/10.1017/S0312897000016398

Article type: Original Research

PUBLISHED 1 January 1979

Volume 4 Issue 4

Marital Breakdown as Bereavement: A Partial Explanation for Access Disputes

G.W. Smiley

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G.W. Smiley

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https://childrenaustralia.org.au/journal/article/254

Abstract

The increasing incidence of marriage breakdown in this country has resulted in greater numbers of children being involved in the social arrangement of access. Yet confusion and ambivalence are the usual responses to contact between the child and separated parent. Courts and the general community seem to hold the view that access is beneficial to children but such benefits are not clearly enunciated or understood.

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