Exploring separated fathers’ understandings and experiences of ‘home’ and homemaking

Monica Campo, Belinda Fehlberg, Kristin Natalier, Bruce M. Smyth

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This paper considers fathers’ understandings and experiences of home after relationship separation–an issue that has received little research attention to date–through interviews with four separated fathers conducted as part of a larger qualitative study. Key themes to emerge were: the significance attached by participant fathers to home and homemaking through their focus on everyday interactions; the concern that their home might be viewed by children as secondary; and a sense of the vulnerability and transience of home arising from their children’s presence and absence. Viewed overall, the fathers in this study conveyed their determination to offer their children a loving, stable, and secure home life as a fundamental dimension of their commitment to post-separation fathering while also describing key challenges they experienced in doing so.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-306
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Social Welfare and Family Law
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Divorce
  • fathers
  • home
  • post-separation parenting


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