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Child-Support Policies and the Well-Being of Children: Income versus Wealth-Based Measures

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  • Vicky Barham
  • Rose Anne Devlin

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Recently, Barham, Devlin and LaCasse (2000) show that the 1997 Child-Support Guidelines fail to meet several standards of adequacy or reasonableness, not surprising given that the standard of living of children depends upon the wealth of the family before separation, yet only the income of the non-custodial parent is taken into account when determining child support. This paper investigates whether a wealth-based child- support scheme would benefit children post-separation. We find that well over 50 percent of separating households "own" their own dwellings; for most families, a wealth-based child-support system would enhance the well-being of children post-divorce.

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  • Vicky Barham & Rose Anne Devlin, 2003. "Child-Support Policies and the Well-Being of Children: Income versus Wealth-Based Measures," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 29(3), pages 351-365, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpp:issued:v:29:y:2003:i:3:p:351-365
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    1. Vicky Barham & Rose Anne Devlin & Chantale LaCasse, 2000. "Are the New Child-Support Guidelines "Adequate" or "Reasonable"?," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 26(1), pages 1-15, March.
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