One in eight UK fathers who are divorced or who have separated from their partners have no contact with their children, according to new research.
Nearly one million fathers do not live with their children, according to a newly published analysis by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), and almost 130,000 of these fathers have no contact with their children. Fathers who have married again or begun a new relationship are twice as likely to lose contact with their children.
The research also indicates that the vast majority (97 per cent) of ‘resident’ parents who continue to live with their children following divorce or separation remain women.
The study is based on an analysis of data from the British Social Attitudes Survey, which has been conducted by NatCen every year since 1983.
According to NatCen’s Eloise Poole, economic pressure contributes to the alienation of fathers. “Some fathers simply don’t have the financial resources, or spare bedrooms, to be able to maintain regular contact with their children.”