Child Support

How Much Is Just Right?

Ira Ellman, Ellman Tara

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Abstract

    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.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationRaising Children: Emerging Needs, Modern Risks, and Social Responses
    PublisherOxford University Press
    ISBN (Print)9780199865284, 9780195310122
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Apr 10 2008

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    Keywords

    • Child well-being
    • Custodial parent
    • Dual-obligation
    • Earner's priority
    • Income shares
    • Remarriage

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences(all)

    Cite this

    Ellman, I., & Tara, E. (2008). Child Support: How Much Is Just Right? In Raising Children: Emerging Needs, Modern Risks, and Social Responses Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310122.003.0006

    Child Support : How Much Is Just Right? / Ellman, Ira; Tara, Ellman.

    Raising Children: Emerging Needs, Modern Risks, and Social Responses. Oxford University Press, 2008.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Ellman, I & Tara, E 2008, Child Support: How Much Is Just Right? in Raising Children: Emerging Needs, Modern Risks, and Social Responses. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310122.003.0006
    Ellman I, Tara E. Child Support: How Much Is Just Right? In Raising Children: Emerging Needs, Modern Risks, and Social Responses. Oxford University Press. 2008 https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310122.003.0006
    Ellman, Ira ; Tara, Ellman. / Child Support : How Much Is Just Right?. Raising Children: Emerging Needs, Modern Risks, and Social Responses. Oxford University Press, 2008.
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