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Disunity and paternity (Policy Brief 294 - October 2012)

Disunity and paternity (Policy Brief 294 - October 2012)



Parental authority establishes the equality of rights and duties of fathers and mothers in child rearing. parental work, however, remains unequally distributed. In the interest of the child and the gender, we must encourage the early involvement of fathers.

  • Disunity and paternity

The "hidden costs" of spousal specialization proved in case of breakage. In a weakening of the professional trajectory of mothers is a vulnerability in the relationship pèreenfant.

Following a divorce or separation, the implementation of co-parenting may lead to conflicts between fathers and mothers on residence, contributing to the maintenance and education of the child (CEEE ), the right to family benefits, etc.. To develop compromise favoring a more consensual exercise of parental authority, should be treated together more relational aspects of financial and disunity of the couple.


  • More invested in the professional sphere, fathers stay behind in the family
  • Promote the involvement of men in their early paternity
  • Coping with divorce and separation, foster effective co-parenting
  • Allay parental conflict by treating all financial issues and residence
  • Authors: Marine Boisson and Vanessa Wisnia-Weill, Social Issues Department .

Keywords: divorce, paternity, cohabitation, parental work, gender equality, family.


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