Journal article

Domestic and family violence, child support and 'the exemption'

Heather Douglas, Rachna Nagesh

JOURNAL OF FAMILY STUDIES | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

Separation is recognized as elevating the risk of serious harm or death for a woman leaving domestic and family violence (DFV). When a couple separate, the party who has the majority care of the couple's children is generally required to seek child support from the other parent. Child support can play an important role in helping mothers escaping violence with their children to manage the financial demands of parenting post separation. However, a mother's claim for child support may also exacerbate other forms of DFV. It is possible for the mother to seek an exemption from receiving child support where there is a history of DFV. While exemption from pursuing child support for women leaving D..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This research was supported by Australian Research Council Future Fellowship scheme (Douglas project number FT140100796).