Recent trends in child maintenance schemes in 14 countries

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Changes in family formations in western industrialized countries since the 1960s have not been reflected in cross-national research in the area of child maintenance. This article outlines child support regimes in 14 countries, considering the locus of formal decision making, the determination of child maintenance obligations - highlighted by way of national informant responses to two fictitious vignette scenarios - and the enforcement and penalty provisions used in the event of non-compliance. The article concludes that while some broad trends can be identified across countries, there is diversity in how countries respond to family change.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-52
Number of pages28
JournalInternational Journal of Law, Policy and the Family
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009


  • employment/benefits
  • social exclusion
  • child well-being
  • income
  • poverty

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