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Child Placement Arrangements and Post-Divorce Economic Outcomes

Recent data show that over 45 percent of Wisconsin divorces involving children result in shared placement (children spend at least 25 percent time with each parent), an increase from 14 percent of cases in the early 1990s. Shared placement is more common among higher-income parents. Placement arrangements may affect economic outcomes, by changing the degree to which resources are transferred between parents’ households, and also by potentially affecting parents’ employment patterns and their need and eligibility for public assistance. This report looks at how post-divorce economic outcomes of parents vary according to placement arrangements.


Child Support, Child Support Policy Research, Custody & Placement


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