There are high rates of non-payment, partial payment and late payment of child support.
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.
More than 70% of separated parents separate amicably, the data show.
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Separating couples who use the family law system generally have a positive experience - but for a troubled minority, there is still much work to be done.
Memorial on the ‘Promenade des Anglais’ in Nice.
Families and friends bereaved after a sudden trauma may need both formal and informal support to help cope with their grief.
Seven steps to help mend family relationships tested by the result of the referendum.
Emotional abuse is most likely to coincide with other forms for abuse, including neglect and physical abuse.
We have an ever-increasing number of children and families facing complex challenges and we know next to nothing about who they are and how they are doing.
There’s nothing that everyone wants in a partner. But there are characteristics most men or women find attractive.
We know a lot about why people choose different brands of dishwashing detergent. But when it comes to the processes behind choosing a romantic partner, science knows surprisingly little.
What does a modern Australian family look like and how does it compare with 10, 20 or even 30 years ago?
Boys are more likely to start school later.
With more parents opting for their child to start school later, it is now possible to have four and a half year olds learning alongside six year olds.
Arise, Sir Adequate Father.
The idea of family is still undergoing fundamental change, but progress towards an egalitarian era may be hamstrung by class and wealth.
Not everyone looks forward to Christmas.
A new survey of people living estranged from a parent, sibling or adult child has found many feel judged or blamed for their family breakdown.
Hungry for more than just the turkey.
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Our panel discusses the benefits of gathering for an annual holiday meal. Traditions and rituals give us a sense of identity and closeness with those we love – and come with mental and physical health benefits too.
Mothers will often distance themselves from their adult children for the same set of reasons.
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The severing of what many consider an everlasting bond is more common than you'd think.
A new study finds that men who earn most of the dough are willing to give it up for more time at home.
Many charities have no option but to operate on a hand-to-mouth basis.
When funding comes sporadically with strings attached, how can vital services keep running?
Trouble on the way.
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By limiting financial support to smaller families, the government is doing its best to stop undesirables from reproducing.
No wonder the Tories can’t look poor people in the eye.
After months of speculation, we now know how the Chancellor plans to save £12bn from the welfare budget.
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A bloc of conservative countries is mounting a new push to enshrine "family values" in the UN's Human Rights Council. What they really want is rather more sinister.
Even for middle-class families, the growing costs of youth sports can be a huge burden.
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In a $5 billion industry, there's no longer a level playing field.
Joe Hockey is betting this budget is inoffensive.
Small business and families top the list of winners, while tax avoiders and rich retirees stand to lose.
Social Services Minister Scott Morrison announces that a A$3.5 billion child-care subsidy will begin from July 1 2017 if the Senate passes previously rejected Family Tax Benefit savings.
Lost in the political debate about subsidising child care is the fact that universal free preschool care has been abandoned as a goal of good social policy.