Divorce in Norwegian Same‐Sex Marriages and Registered Partnerships: The Role of Children
Journal article, Peer reviewed
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OriginalversjonWiik, K. Aa., Seierstad, A. & Noack, T. (2014). Divorce in Norwegian samesex marriages and registered partnership: The role of children. Journal of Marriage and Family, 76(5), 919-929. https://doi.org/10.1111/jomf.12132
Using Norwegian register data on the total population of same‐sex couples who formalized their unions from 1993 through 2010 (N = 3,422, 52% male), this study addressed the level and correlates of divorce among these couples as compared with all opposite‐sex marriages in the same period (N = 407,495). In particular, the authors investigated the role of same‐sex parenting, which has received little study so far. Multivariate results confirmed that same‐sex couples had a higher divorce risk compared with opposite‐sex couples and that female couples were more divorce prone than male couples. Furthermore, having children was negatively related to divorce among female couples, whereas male couples with common children were more divorce prone than their childless counterparts. No evidence was found that the gender gap in divorce or the difference between same‐sex and opposite‐sex couples narrowed over the study period.