Custody, Access and Child Support: Findings from The National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth

III - WHEN PARENTS SEPARATE: CANADIAN CHILDREN FROM BROKEN FAMILIES AND THE LAW (continued)

Legal Custody, Living Arrangements and Access to the Non-custodial Parent

Let us first examine how situations where the parents said they had a court order for custody were different from those where there was no court order. Is there any difference in terms of contact with the non-custodial parent and the living arrangements of the children?

To obtain information on the actual living arrangements of the children, the following questions were posed in the survey:

For the purpose of our analysis, we have defined visiting every week or every two weeks as "regular visiting"; visiting monthly, on holidays only or without set pattern as "irregular visiting"; and we included telephone or letter contact only with no contact at all under the heading "never visits."

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