Australia's child support system facilitates economic abuse

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Australia has high rates of separated fathers who do not comply with the terms of their child support agreements and assessments. This is typically discussed as a design or implementation flaw in the Child Support Program. But after interviewing many women who have struggled with their former partner’s non-compliance – often for years and with devastating financial and emotional impacts – I argue that we need to rethink the meaning and dynamics of non-compliance. It can be a form of economic abuse.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPower to Persuade
Place of Publication
Publication statusPublished - 5 Feb 2019

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  • child support
  • domestic violence
  • economic abuse


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