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Centre for Family Research


Shared Parenting Post Separation or Divorce

A new study has launched which aims to find out about the experiences of families who have sharing parenting of the children after separation or divorce. This study is the first in the UK to explore family life, family relationships and child development as well as children’s perspectives of ‘shared’ or ‘co-parenting’. Despite the growing number of people sharing care, research looking at family relationships and child wellbeing in the case of joint physical custody has largely taken place in Sweden, the Australia and the US.

Due to the current circumstances instead of travelling to visit families, we’ve been skyping/ zooming co-parents and their children to talk to them about their experiences of shared parenting. Overall the study aims to increase understanding of parents and children in this family form, provide co-parenting families with a chance to learn about other families in similar situations and inform policy and practice.

Who can take part?

  • Co-parents with a child between 4 – 12 years old
  • Parents must have been separated for at least 6 months prior to participation and both maintain regular contact with the child(ren)
  • Taking part in the study involves being interviewed, filling in questionnaires and a parent-child play activity.
  • Participation is confidential and does not require both co-parents to take part. Children are also invited to take part if they wish to.

As a thank you, families will receive a gift voucher.

We have ethical approval from the University of Cambridge.

Interested in taking part or learning more?

If you’re interested in being involved or would like to hear more about the study please email Dr Sarah Foley: or complete the webform.