'It's Not Just About the Money': Non-resident Fathers' Perspectives on Paying Child Support

Kristin Natalier, Belinda Hewitt

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    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)489-505
    Number of pages17
    JournalSociology
    Volume44
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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