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Fathers and children: alimony and contact after marriage breakdown (Uruguay)


  • Marisa Bucheli

    () (Departamento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República)

  • Wanda Cabella

    () (Programa de Población, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República)


From 1985 to 2000 the total divorce rate (TDR) in Uruguay doubled from 15% to 30%, the highest figure in South America. Despite the increasing number of divorces and separations, there is still little information concerning contact between non resident parents and children and payment of child support. This paper provides more information on these two points, using a survey that collected the appropriate data. Since we have data from both men and women, we analyse declarations of fathers and mothers and explore the sources of their differences. Our main conclusions are: 1) child support payment rates and contact with children after divorce are higher according to fathers than to mothers; 2) father’s capacity to pay is related to child support but not with contact; 3) fathers and mothers do not agree about the effect of repartnering of the mother; 4) fathers’ repartening diminishes contact but does not affect child support payment rates.

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  • Marisa Bucheli & Wanda Cabella, 2009. "Fathers and children: alimony and contact after marriage breakdown (Uruguay)," Documentos de Trabajo (working papers) 2809, Department of Economics - dECON.
  • Handle: RePEc:ude:wpaper:2809

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    1. Del Boca, Daniela & Ribero, Rocio, 1998. "Transfers in non-intact households," Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Elsevier, vol. 9(4), pages 469-478, December.
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    1. Marisa Bucheli & Andrea Vigorito, 2017. "Separation, Child Support and Well-Being in Uruguay," Documentos de Trabajo (working papers) 0317, Department of Economics - dECON.

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    Child Support; Visitations; Divorce; Intergenerational Transfers;

    JEL classification:

    • J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
    • Y - Miscellaneous Categories
    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth


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