The implications of child support for housing after relationship dissolution

Walter, Maggie, Hewitt, Belinda, Natalier, Kristin, Wulff, Maryann and Reynolds, Margaret (2010) The implications of child support for housing after relationship dissolution. Journal of Family Studies, 16 1: 77-87. doi:10.5172/jfs.16.1.77

Author Walter, Maggie
Hewitt, Belinda
Natalier, Kristin
Wulff, Maryann
Reynolds, Margaret
Title The implications of child support for housing after relationship dissolution
Journal name Journal of Family Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1322-9400
Publication date 2010-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.5172/jfs.16.1.77
Volume 16
Issue 1
Start page 77
End page 87
Total pages 11
Place of publication Australia
Publisher EContent Management
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract In this article we investigate the associations 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 findings 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 better housing circumstances than resident parents receiving little or no child support. While this finding makes intuitive sense – money matters – the way in which child support appears to be differentially related to the housing circumstances of resident and non-resident parents warrants further investigation. Copyright © eContent Management Pty Ltd.
Keyword Divorce
Parental separation
Child support
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
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