Higher child support payments actually lead to an increase in the employment rate of single mums, research finds.
Any reforms must move beyond a focus on administrative processes to acknowledge the lived experiences of child support which can be disguised by formal policy.
Progress in South Africa's welfare system is being hindered by corruption, labour disputes and a lack of research and innovation in the field.
Single mothers have identified a number of impediments to receiving adequate child support, including compliance, costs and difficult interactions with government agencies.
In many states fathers can be incarcerated for failing to pay child support. This is a crisis that needs addressing.