Face-to-face parent-child contact
Face-to-face contact between children and their non-resident parents is an important part of parenting after separation. Research suggests that there is a discrepancy in reporting between resident parents and non-resident parents in terms of the level of parent-child contact. Statistics from the ABS Family Characteristics 2012-13 survey show:
- 31% of children aged 0-17 who had a natural parent elsewhere met with that parent on a daily/weekly basis
- One in four children saw the parent they were not living with less than once a year or never.
Overnight stays with the non-resident parent
It is important to distinguish between daytime only contact and overnight stays because the latter provides greater opportunities for family activities to occur, which encourages emotional bonds to develop between children and their non-resident parents. According to the Family Characteristics Survey (ABS 2012-13):
- 51% of children did not spend a single night at their non-resident parent
- 16% of children spent 1-35 nights with their non-resident parent
- 11% of children spent at least 110 nights with their non-resident parent.