Journal Article

Recent Trends in Child Maintenance Schemes in 14 Countries

Christine Skinner and Jacqueline Davidson

in International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family

Volume 23, issue 1, pages 25-52
Published in print April 2009 | ISSN: 1360-9939
Published online January 2009 | e-ISSN: 1464-3707 | DOI:
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.

Journal Article.  8313 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Family Law ; Marriage and the Family

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