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Means and ends. Why child support money is not used to meet housing costs


Natalier, K, Means and ends. Why child support money is not used to meet housing costs, Housing Studies, 27, (2) pp. 174-188. ISSN 0267-3037 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/02673037.2012.632619


In Australia, as in other jurisdictions, recent legislation and policy addressing child support was introduced as a response to child poverty in single-parent families. However, there has been very little research conducted on the question of how child support money is used by sole parents. This paper extends current knowledge by exploring how— and indeed, if—child support money is a useful resource in meeting the housing needs of the children of separated parents. The study reports on the findings arising out of in-depth, semi-structured interviews with 33 parents who received child support money. The impact of child support is often limited by three factors: the amounts paid, the circumstances of its payment (and in particular, unreliable payments), and the values guiding its allocation. The paper argues that ultimately, the benefits of child support are constrained because it is a privatised response to gendered, structural inequalities in housing, care and income following separation and divorce.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:child support, children, divorce, housing choice
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Demography
Research Field:Family and household studies
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Families and family services
UTAS Author:Natalier, K (Dr Kristin Natalier)
ID Code:77339
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2012-04-02
Last Modified:2015-08-14

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