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Child Maintenance in the United Kingdom. / Skinner, Christine.

In: European Journal of Social Security, Vol. 14, No. 4, 12.2012, p. 231-252.

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Skinner, C 2012, 'Child Maintenance in the United Kingdom', European Journal of Social Security, vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 231-252. <http://www.ejss.eu/table_of_content.aspx?sy=2012&pn=4>

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Skinner, C. (2012). Child Maintenance in the United Kingdom. European Journal of Social Security, 14(4), 231-252. http://www.ejss.eu/table_of_content.aspx?sy=2012&pn=4

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Skinner C. Child Maintenance in the United Kingdom. European Journal of Social Security. 2012 Dec;14(4):231-252.

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Skinner, Christine. / Child Maintenance in the United Kingdom. In: European Journal of Social Security. 2012 ; Vol. 14, No. 4. pp. 231-252.

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