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Shared Residence in Sweden; Children’s Experiences of Sharing their Time between two Households

Conference paper
Authors Rakel Berman
Published in The Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth 4th International Conference: “Celebrating Childhood Diversity” . 9-11 juli 2012, Sheffield, England
Publication year 2012
Published at Department of Social Work
Language en
Keywords Shared residence, joint physical custody, post-divorce childhood, family relations
Subject categories Sociology


About 40 % of Swedish children experience their parents’ separation. The number has been rather constant for the last ten years; however the proportion of children sharing their time between their two parents on a 50-50 basis after divorce has been growing rapidly. Shared residence (or joint physical custody) has increased from 4% to approximately one third of children with separated parents since the beginning of the nineties. The aim of the study is to explore these children’s day-to-day experiences of sharing their time between two households. It focuses on how the children actively participate in the process of shaping family life and their own childhoods in the context of family change. How do they frame their family life, their leisure and their friendships while belonging to two families and moving between two households?

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