Children in dual-residence arrangements: Exploring discourses of fairness and children's best interest in Norway
Peer reviewed, Journal article
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OriginalversjonChildren & society. 2020, 1-14. 10.1111/chso.12424
In many countries, dual residence is increasingly common for children when parents separate. This works well for many children, but opinions differ on whether or not it should be the norm. In analysing interviews with 35 nineto 19-year-olds with dual-residence experience in Norway, undertaken in 2018, we find clear traces of prevailing discourses in society. Claims of equality and fairness and claims of children's rights both emerge, the latter being particularly visible in the participants' recommendations to other children. Children value spending much time with both parents, but may still want more flexibility than their parents realise.