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The implications of child support for housing after relationship dissolution


Walter, MM and Hewitt, B and Natalier, KA and Wulff, M and Reynolds, M, The implications of child support for housing after relationship dissolution, Journal of Family Studies, 16, (1) pp. 77-87. ISSN 1322-9400 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.5172/jfs.16.1.77


In this article we investigate the associatiom between the payment and receipt of child support and housing circumstances of both resident and non-resident parents. We do so by analysing data from Wave 4 of the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey. The final analytic sample comprised 1,043 separated parents (637 resident parents, 406 non-resident parents). Our finding indicate that for resident parents the receipt of child support payments above $75 per week was significantly associated with better housing circumstances. By contrast, the payment of child support was not significantly related to housing outcomes for non-resident parents. Overall our results suggest that resident parents in receipt of child support, particularly above the median amount, live with their children in betterr housing circumstances than resident parents receiving little or no child support. While this finding makes intuitive sense - moneyy matters - the way in which child support appears to be diffirentially related to the housing circumstances of resident and non-resident parents warrants forther investigation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:divorce; parental separation; children; housing; child support
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Social change
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Families and family services
UTAS Author:Walter, MM (Professor Maggie Walter)
UTAS Author:Natalier, KA (Dr Kristin Natalier)
ID Code:63831
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:12
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2010-06-03
Last Modified:2015-02-23

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