Child Support Compliance in the USA and Australia: To Persuade or Punish?

30 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2018

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J. Thomas Oldham

University of Houston Law Center

Bruce M. Smyth

Australian National University College of Arts and Social Sciences

Date Written: November 16, 2018

Abstract

In this paper, we compare strategies employed in Australia and the U.S. to attempt to increase child support compliance. We compare the tendency in the U.S. to look to various punitive measures and compare that approach with the more holistic approach that has sometimes been used in Australia.

We note that, at least based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau, child support compliance has not significantly changed during the period from 1993-2015. We speculate upon why this may have occurred, and highlight promising initiatives in the U.S. that reflect a move away from a punitive compliance strategy.

Keywords: child support, compliance strategies, child support enforcement, guidelines, parenting classes

Suggested Citation

Oldham, J. Thomas and Smyth, Bruce, Child Support Compliance in the USA and Australia: To Persuade or Punish? (November 16, 2018). Family Law Quarterly, 2019 Forthcoming; U of Houston Law Center No. A13. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3286048

J. Thomas Oldham (Contact Author)

University of Houston Law Center ( email )

4604 Calhoun Road
Houston, TX 77204-6060
United States

Bruce Smyth

Australian National University College of Arts and Social Sciences ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://https://researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/smyth-b

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