New Families, Child Support and Divorced Fathers’ Contact with their Children

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Conference Paper


European Society for Population Economics Conference


Publication date

June 16, 2005


The paper presents a model of a divorced father's child support and frequency of contact with his children living elsewhere, which combines the public good treatment of child-expenditure with a 'family market' for father-child contact time. It uses new data from the British Household Panel Survey to study frequency of father-child contact and child support payments. The evidence suggests that the father's income relative to his new partner's affects his bargaining power in these decisions, and it indicates that a higher binding child support order would reduce father's contact with his children. New children reduce contact and child support.



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