Child Support: From Debt Collection to Social Policy
How do child support programmes and policies vary across the world? What can we learn from the experiences of different countries? This comprehensive, comparative study looks at social and legal provisions for children of one-parent families in the UK, Scandinavia, Austria, Israel, the Netherlands and the US. It critically evaluates policy options and issues such as minimal social benefits for children, advance payment of child support, debt collection mechanisms and child custody arrangements.
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PART BINTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENTS
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absent fathers absent parent advance payments advance support AFDC and non-AFDC alimony amended Attachment of Earnings attorneys Austria average CC Art child maintenance child support awards child support enforcement child support obligations child support payments childcare claims cohabiting collection costs countries couples court custodial parent debtor Denmark divorce earnings economic Eekelaar effect eligible entitled established expenditures families with children family allowances Family Law federal government guaranteed guaranteed minimum income household husband illegitimacy increased IV-D joint custody judges legislation marital marriage married married couples non-AFDC fathers noncustodial parent number of children OCSE Office one-parent families paid paternity pay child support percentage poverty poverty line problem receive reported responsibility single mothers single parents single-parent families social assistance social minimum Social Security standard of living status support orders supra note Sweden Table unmarried mothers visitation wage assignment welfare widows women