Child support and non-resident fathers' contact with their children
The paper presents a theoretical model of a non-resident fatherâ€™s child support and contact with his child, which combines the public good treatment of child-expenditure with â€œtradeâ€ in father-child contact-time. The model provides predictions concerning the effects of fatherâ€™s income and binding child support orders on contact. Using new data from the British Household Panel Survey on frequency of contact of non-resident fathers with their dependent children, there is evidence that, among middle-income fathers, higher fatherâ€™s income increases contact with his children. In the context of the theory, this suggests that setting a higher binding child support order would reduce fatherâ€™s contact for these fathers.
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