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Raising ChildrenEmerging Needs, Modern Risks, and Social Responses$
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Jill Duerr Berrick and Neil Gilbert

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195310122

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310122.001.0001

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Child Support: How Much Is Just Right?

Child Support: How Much Is Just Right?

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(p.116) 6 Child Support: How Much Is Just Right?
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Raising Children
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Ira Ellman

Tara Ellman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310122.003.0006

The provision of financial support for children when their parents divorce is a highly contentious and complicated problem. This chapter challenges the conventional policy used to generate child support guidelines. Offering a superior alternative to child support, it designs a set of guidelines that rest on a principled and systematic method which incorporates the three distinct purposes of support orders: to protect the well-being of the child, to enforce the normative understanding that both parents have a support obligation, and to limit the disparity that might otherwise rise between the child's living standard and the higher living standard of the non-custodial household. The principles underlying this policy approach not only generate guidelines that weigh the basic considerations for a fair and decent arrangement, they also address the thorny issues that arise from the increasing situation of blended families which contain both child support obligors and recipients.

Keywords:   custodial parent, dual-obligation, remarriage, earner's priority, child well-being, income shares

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