Introduction to child maintenance schemes across five countries

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The aim of this special issue is to provide new research evidence on child maintenance schemes in five different countries, as well as produce a new comparative analysis of that research to show how child maintenance outcomes differ internationally. The data are collected using a vignette technique which sets up fictitious families in controlled scenarios in order to explore key factors such as how child maintenance schemes across countries deal with lone parent families on low incomes; changes in parents’ employment patterns; divorcing families on middle incomes; and reconstituted cohabiting families where a new child is born to the father in a subsequent relationship following divorce.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)222-230
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Security
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • social security
  • child maintenance
  • comparative

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