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Payee mothers interactions with the Department of Human Services Child Support: A summary of recent qualitative findings

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Natalier, K and Cook, K and Pitman, T, Payee mothers interactions with the Department of Human Services Child Support: A summary of recent qualitative findings, Family Matters, 97 pp. 30-40. ISSN 1030-2646 (2016) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]


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Abstract

This article explores mothers' experiences with the child support scheme in Australia, highlighting how interactions with the Department of Human Services-Child Support (DHS-CS) agency can facilitate or undermine the receipt of child support. It summarises findings from a recent qualitative study with 37 payee mothers, regarding the key institutional and interactional processes that create barriers to the receipt of expected and useful amounts of child support, the way the costs of children are calculated, DHS-CS approaches to enforcing payer compliance, and agency and worker communication practices. The impact on mothers in fearful or high-conflict relationships with their former partners is also discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Urban Sociology and Community Studies
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community Service (excl. Work)
Objective Field:Families and Family Services
Author:Natalier, K (Dr Kristin Natalier)
Author:Pitman, T (Dr Torna Pitman)
ID Code:114715
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Social Sciences
Deposited On:2017-02-24
Last Modified:2017-03-10
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