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Family Matters No. 57 - September 2000

Child support and parent-child contact

Belinda Fehlberg and Bruce Smyth

Abstract

Recent proposals to change the Child Support Scheme focused on two important issues: the financial costs of parent-child contact for non-resident parents, and the relationship between contact and the payment of child support. This article draws on a literature review undertaken as part of the Institute of Family Studies Australian Divorce Transitions Project, in order to bring to the fore research that is relevant to questions surrounding the costs of contact for non-resident parents, and the contact- child support nexus. 

Recent proposals to change the Child Support Scheme focused on two important issues: the financial costs of parent-child contact for non-resident parents, and the relationship between contact and the payment of child support. This article draws on a literature review undertaken as part of the Institute of Family Studies Australian Divorce Transitions Project, in order to bring to the fore research that is relevant to questions surrounding the costs of contact for non-resident parents, and the contact- child support nexus.

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