The impact of the Child Support Act on lone mothers and their children

Karen Clarke, Gary Craig, Caroline Glendinning

In April 1993, the Child Support Act introduced a new system for assessing and collecting child maintenance.

An in-depth study of the Act's effects on 53 low income lone mothers and their children found there had been no financial gains among this group of families. Furthermore, in about a quarter of these cases, the assessment process had had adverse effects on relationships between former partners or between fathers and their children.

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