European approaches to child maintenance payments

Anne Corden

This study aims to contribute to UK policy debate by providing perspectives from ten European countries.

It looks at the child maintenance regime in each country - the overall system under which parents meet their financial liabilities in respect of children with whom they do not live.

Drawing on information provided by national informants, the study compares the different structural and administrative components of each country's regime, explains the different perspectives on the financial obligations of parents who do not live with their children, discusses why child maintenance regimes have developed in different ways and looks at some of the effects of the regimes for families and governments.

The author examines what works well under different national circumstances and draws out the lessons for UK policy.