'It's not just about the money': Non-resident fathers' perspectives on paying child support

Natalier, Kristin and Hewitt, Belinda (2010) 'It's not just about the money': Non-resident fathers' perspectives on paying child support. Sociology, 44 3: 489-505. doi:10.1177/0038038510362470

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Author Natalier, Kristin
Hewitt, Belinda
Title 'It's not just about the money': Non-resident fathers' perspectives on paying child support
Journal name Sociology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0038-0385
1469-8684
Publication date 2010-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0038038510362470
Volume 44
Issue 3
Start page 489
End page 505
Total pages 17
Place of publication London
Publisher Sage
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This article explores the question 'Why do fathers resist paying child support?' through interviews with 26 separated or divorced non-residential fathers in Australia. Drawing on Zelizer's typology we argue that the men in this study attempt to define child support as a gift - a payment that emphasizes the power and beneficence of the payer and the obligation of the receiver - but struggle to do so in legal and bureaucratic structures that position its receipt as an entitlement. The tension between child support as a gift and child support as entitlement is informed by gendered power over money, a key element of fathering in traditional and non-traditional family structures.The payment and non-payment of child support is used to reinforce the economic dimensions of fathering identities and define family relationships in remarkably traditional ways. © The Author(s) 2010.
Keyword Child support
Fatherhood
Non-residential fathers
Parenting
Divorce
Obligations
Marriage
Payments
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Institute for Social Science Research - Publications
Official 2011 Collection
 
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