Cook, K., & Skinner, C (2018). Gender equality in child support policy: Fathers’ rhetoric of ‘fairness’ in a parliamentary inquiry. Social Politics, 1-41.

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Cuesta, L., Hakovirta, M., & Jokela, M (2018). The antipoverty effectiveness of child support: Empirical evidence for Latin American countries. Social Policy & Administration. [Journal Website]

Hakovirta, M., & Jokela, M (2018). Contribution of child maintenance on lone mothers’ income in five welfare states. Journal of European Social Policy, 1-16. [Journal Website]

Kaittilia, A. (2018). Why do conflicts over money occur between partners? Exploring explanations of childbearing adults in Finland. Journal of Family Studies. DOI: 10.1080/13229400.2018.1428906 [Journal Website]

Skinner, C. (2018). One lawyer acting for two clients: Implications arising from an experimental practice model ‘Family Matters’. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law. 2(41): 2-30. [In press]


Lau, Y.K (2017). Post-divorce co-parenting and children's well-being in Hong Kong. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, DOI: 10.1080/10502556.2017.1302237 [Journal Website]

Fisher, H (2017), The Impact of Child Support on the Household Income and Labour Supply of Payee Lone Mothers. Economic Record
[Journal Website]

Skinner, C., Cook. K. & Sinclair, S (2017). The potential of child support to reduce lone mother poverty: comparing population survey data in Australia and the UK. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice. ​25(1): 79-94. [Journal Website]

Skinner, C., Meyer, D., Cook, K. & Fletcher, M (2017). Child maintenance and social security interactions: the poverty reduction effects in model lone parent families across four countries. Journal of Social Policy. 46(3): 495-516. [Journal Website]


Natalier, K., Cook, K. & Pitman, T (2016). Payee mothers interactions with the Department of Human Services Child Support: A summary of recent qualitative findings. Family Matters, 30 - 40 [Journal website]

Cook, K. & Natalier, K (2016). Gender and evidence in family law reform: a case study of quantification and anecdote in framing and legitimising the 'problems' with child support in Australia. Feminist Legal Studies, 1 - 21 [Journal Website]

Fletcher, M (2016). New Zealand's Child Support Amendment Act 2013: Some likely short-term effects of the new liability assessment formula, Australian Journal of Family Law, 30(1).


Cook K, McKenzie H & Natalier K (2015). Mothers’ experiences of child support: Qualitative research and opportunities for policy insight. Journal of Family Studies, 21(1).  Advanced access online. [Article pdf]

Kim Y, Cancian M & Meyer DR. (in press, 2015). Child Support and Subsequent Nonmarital Fertility with a New Partner. Journal of Family Issues. [Article pdf]

Meyer, DR & Skinner C (in press, 2015). Privileging Biological or Residential Relationships: Family Policy on Obligations to Children in 12 Countries.  Families, Relationships, and Societies. [Journal website]

Pereira MG & Pinto H (2015). Women’s Perception of Separation/Divorce in Portugal: A Sociodemographic Profile. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, ​56(4,) 300-316 [Article pdf]


Natalier K & Hewitt B (2014). Separated Parents Reproducing and Undoing Gender Through Defining Legitimate Uses of Child Support​. Gender and Society, 28(6): 904-925 [Article pdf]

Lau YK (2014). The debate over the joint parental responsibility model in Hong Kong. China Journal of Social Work, 7(2), 145-160. [Article pdf]

McKenzie H, Natalier K & Cook K (2014). Women's child support labour: Provisioning and the gendered work of negotiating child support transfers. In B. West. (Ed.) Proceedings of The Australian Sociological Association Conference. Adelaide, SA. University of South Australia. ISBN: 978-0-646-92735-0 [Article pdf]

Cook K & Natalier K. (2014). Selective hearing: The gendered construction and reception of inquiry evidence. Critical Social Policy, 34(4): 515-537. [Article pdf]

Smyth B, Vnuk M, Rodgers B & Son V (2014). Can child support compliance be improved by the introduction of a ‘fairer’ child support formula and more rigorous enforcement? The recent Australian experience. Journal of Family Studies​, 20(3): 204-220 [Article pdf]

Skinner C (2014). Social change and policy challenges in developing countries. Journal of Family Studies, ​20(3): 273-285 [Article pdf]

Cuesta L (2014). Child support and food insecurity among custodial-mother families in Colombia. Journal of Family Studies​, 20(3): 286-297 [Article pdf]

Ríos-Salas V & Meyer DR (2014). Single mothers and child support receipt in Peru. Journal of Family Studies​, 20(3): 298-310 [Article pdf]

Kim Y & Meyer DR (2014). Child-Care Support by Nonresident Fathers: Are More Fathers Better? Social Service Review 88(4): 695-727. [Article pdf]

Cancian M, Meyer DR, Brown PR & Cook ST. (2014). Who Gets Custody Now? Dramatic Changes in Children’s Living Arrangements after Divorce, Demography 51(4): 1381-1396. [Article pdf]

Cancian,M & Meyer DR. (2014). Testing the Economic Independence Hypothesis: The Effect of an Exogenous Increase in Child Support on Subsequent Marriage and Cohabitation, Demography. 51(3):857–880. [Article pdf]

Cuesta L & Meyer DR.  (2014). The Role of Child Support in the Economic Wellbeing of Custodial-Mother Families in Less Developed Countries: The Case of Colombia. International Journal of Law, Policy, and the Family. 28(1): 60-76. [Article pdf]

Kitterød, R. H. and J. Lyngstad (2014): She said, he said: Comparing mothers’ and fathers’ reports on the non-resident father’s contact with his children. Demographic Research, 30 (article 31): 899-910. [Article pdf

Kitterød, R. H. and J. Lyngstad (2014): Characteristics of parents with shared residence and father sole custody. Evidence from Norway 2012. Discussion Papers No 780, Statistics Norway, Research department. [Article pdf]

Millward C & Fehlberg B (2013). Recognising the costs of contact: Infrastructure costs, ‘regular care’ and Australia’s new child support formula. Australian Journal of Family Law, 27, 1-25.

Skinner C (2013). Child maintenance reforms: Understanding fathers’ expressive agency and the power of reciprocity. International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, 27 (2), 242-265. [Article pdf]

Cook K (2013). Child support compliance and tax return non-filing: A feminist analysis. Australian Review of Public Affairs, 11 (2), 43-64. [Article pdf]

Cook K & Natalier K (2013). The gendered nature of Australia’s child support policy reforms. International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, 27 (1), 28-50. [Article pdf]

Scheiwe K (2013) Kindesunterhalt und Wechselmodell (trans. 'Child support and alternating residence‘), Forum Familienrecht, 7-8, 280-289

Skinner C & Main G (2013). The contribution of child maintenance payments to the income packages of lone mothers. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 21(1), 47-60. [Article pdf]

Cancian, Maria, Carolyn Heinrich, and Chung, Yiyoon (2013). Discouraging Disadvantaged Fathers’ Employment: An Unintended Consequence of Policies Designed to Support Families. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 32(4), 758-784. [Journal website]

Natalier KA (2012). Descriptions of loss and resilience among fathers paying child support. Journal of Family Studies, 18 (2-3), 246-255. [Article pdf]

Cuesta L & Meyer DR (2012).  Child support receipt: Does context matter? A comparative analysis of Colombia and the United States. Children and Youth Services Review, 34 (9), 1876-1883. [Journal website]

Berger LM, Cancian M & Meyer DR (2012).  Maternal re-partnering and new-partner fertility: Associations with nonresident father investments
in children. Children and Youth Services Review, 34 (2), 426-436. [Journal website]

Eydal GB & Friðriksdóttir H (2012). Child maintenance policies in Iceland- Caring mothers and breadwinning fathers? European Journal of Social Security, 14 (4) [Journal website]

Hakovirta M & Hiilamo H. (2012) Children's rights and parents' responsibilities: child maintenance policies in Finland. European Journal of Social Security 14 (4), 286-303 [Journal website]

Herbst A (2012). Discourse of need: The case of Child Support (Payment Assurance). Women's Studies International Forum 35 (4), 214-222. [Article pdf]

Meyer DR & Cancian M (2012).  “I'm Not Supporting His Kids”: Nonresident Fathers' Contributions Given Mothers' New Fertility. Journal of Marriage and Family, 74 (1), 132-151. [Journal website]

Natalier KA (2012). Means and Ends. Why Child Support Money is not Used to Meet Housing Costs. Housing Studies, 27 (2), 174-188. [Journal website]

Skinner C, Hakovirta M & Davidson J. (2012) (Eds) 'Special Issue: Child Maintenance Schemes In Five Countries', European Journal of Social Security, 14(4), 222-348. [Journal website]

Kitterød, R. H. and J. Lyngstad (2012): Untraditional caring arrangements among parents living apart. The case of Norway. Demographic Research Vol. 27, article 5: 121-152. [Article pdf]

Cancian M & Meyer DR (2011).  Who Owes What to Whom? Child Support Policy Given Multiple-Partner Fertility. Social Service Review, 85 (4), 587 - 617. [Journal website]

Cancian M, Meyer DR & Han E (2011). Child Support: Responsible Fatherhood and the Quid Pro Quo. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 635 (1), 140 - 162. [Journal website]

Cook K, Mckenzie H, Knight T (2011). Child support research in Australia: A critical review. Journal of Family Studies, 17 (2), 110-125. [Journal website]

Eydal GB & Rostgaard T (2011). Gender equality re-visited: Changes in Nordic child-care policies in the 2000s. Regional Issue, Social Policy & Administration, 45 (2), 161-179. [Journal website]

Fletcher M (2011). Some policy issues for reforms of assistance to sole parents. Policy Quarterly, 7 (2) [Article pdf]

Ha Y, Cancian M, & Meyer DR. (2011).  The Regularity of Child Support and Its Contribution to the Regularity of Income. Social Service Review, 85 (3), 401 - 419. [Journal website]

Hakovirta M. (2011) Child maintenance and child poverty. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 19(3), 249-262. [Article pdf]

Hakovirta M & Rantalaiho M. (2011) Nordic family policy and shared parenthood. European Journal of Social Security (13) 2, 247-266. [Journal website]

Meyer DR, Skinner C & Davidson J. (2011) Complex families and equality in child support obligations: A comparative policy analysis. Children and Youth Services Review, 33, 1804-1812. [Journal website]

Millward C, Campo M & Fehlberg B (2011). Mothers who are liable to pay child support. Family Matters, 86, 62-71. [Article pdf]

Rush M (2011). The Two Worlds of Father Politics in the Republic of Ireland: Swedish versus American Influences, Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 42(1), 37-57. [Article pdf]

Smyth B (2011) Some reflections on research translation for policy and practice, Journal of Family Studies, 17 (2), 82-85. [Journal website]

Smyth B & Rodgers B (2011) Strategic bargaining over child support and parenting time: A critical review of the literature, Australian Journal of Family Law, 25, 10-235.


Curry-Sumner I (2010). Administrative co-operation and free legal aid in international child maintenance recovery. What is the added value of
the European Maintenance Regulation?, Nederlands Internationaal Privaatrecht, 611-621.

Fehlberg B, Millward C & Campo M (2010). Post-separation parenting arrangements, child support and property settlement: Exploring the
connections, Australian Journal of Family Law, 24, 214-241.

Ha Y, Cancian M, & Meyer DR (2010).  Unchanging child support orders in the face of unstable earnings. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 29 (4), 799 - 820. [Journal website]

Moloney L, Smyth B & Fraser K (2010) Beyond the formula: where can parents go to discuss child support together?, Journal of Family Studies, 16 (1), 33-47. [Journal website]

Natalier K & Hewitt B (2010). 'It's Not Just About the Money': Non-resident Fathers' Perspectives on Paying Child Support, Sociology, 44 (3),489-505. [Journal website]

Smyth B (2010) Child support: Ongoing and emerging challenges, Journal of Family Studies, 16 (1), 2-4. [Journal website]

Smyth B & Henman P (2010) The distribution and financial impacts of the new Australian Child Support Scheme: A 'before and day-after reform'
comparison of assessed liability, Journal of Family Studies, 16 (1), 5-32. [Journal website]

Walter MM, Hewitt B, Natalier KA, Wulff M & Reynolds M (2010). The implications of child support for housing after relationship
dissolution, Journal of Family Studies, 16 (1), 77-87. [Journal website]

Fehlberg B & Maclean M (2009). Child support policy in Australia and the United Kingdom: Changing priorities but a similar tough deal for
children? International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, 23, 1-24. [Journal website]

Skinner C & Davidson J (2009) Recent Trends In Child Maintenance Schemes in 14 Countries, International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, 23 (1), 25-52. [Journal website]

Cancian M, Meyer DR & Caspar E (2008). Welfare and child support: Complements, not substitutes. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 27 (2), 354 - 375. [Journal website]

Cook K, Davis E & Davies B (2008). Discrepancy between expected and actual child support payments: Impact on the health and quality of life
of children living in low income single parent families. Child: Care, Health and Development, 34 (2), 267-275. [Journal website]

Ha Y, Hu MC, & Meyer DR (2008). Do Higher Child Support Orders Discourage Child Support Payments. Social Service Review, 82 (1), 93-118. [Journal website]

Patrick R, Cook K & McKenzie H (2008). Domestic violence and the exemption from seeking child support: providing safety or legitimating
ongoing poverty and fear. Social Policy and Administration, 42 (7), 749-767. [Journal website]

Hakovirta M & Broberg M. (2007) Parenting from a Distance: The factors connected to the contact between children and a non-resident parent. Nordisk Sosialt Arbeid 27(1), 19-33. [Article pdf]

Lau YK (2007). Patterns of post-divorce parental alliance and children’s self-esteem in Hong Kong. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 47 (3/4), 155-173. [Journal website]

Lau YK (2007). Facilitating factors for nonresident parents’ financial provisions for children in Hong Kong. Asia-Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development, 17 (2), 44-53. [Journal website]

Lau YK (2007). Parent-child relationship, parental relationship and children’s self-esteem in post-divorce families in Hong Kong. Marriage and Family Review, 42 (4), 87-103. [Journal website]

McKenzie H & Cook K (2007). The influence of child support and welfare on single parent families. Just Policy, (45), 21-29. [Journal website]

Meyer DR, Cancian M, & Nam K (2007). Welfare and child support program knowledge gaps reduce program effectiveness. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 26 (3), 575 - 598. [Journal website]

Patrick R, Cook K & Taket A (2007). Multiple barriers to obtaining child support: Experiences of women leaving violent partners. Just Policy, (45), 30-37. [Journal website]


Bradshaw J (2006). Child support and child poverty. Benefits: The Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 14 (3), 199-208 [Journal website]

Lau YK (2006). Non-residential fathering and non-residential mothering in a Chinese context. American Journal of Family Therapy, 34 (4), 373-394. [Journal website]

Skevik A (2006). ‘Absent fathers’ or ‘reorganised families’? Variations in father-child contact after parental break-up in Norway. Sociological Review, 54 (1), 114-132 [Journal website]

Skevik A (2006). Fairness in Child Support Assessments: the views of non-resident fathers in Norway. International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, 20 (2), 181–200 [Journal website]

Skinner C & Meyer DR (2006). After All the Policy Reforms, Is Child Support Actually Helping Low-Income Mothers? Benefits, the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 14(3), 222. [Journal website]


Curry-Sumner I (2005). General patterns in registration schemes for unmarried couples and the implications for Ireland. Irish Journal of Family Law, 3, 187-195. [Article pdf]

Meyer DR, Cancian M & Cook ST (2005).  Multiple-Partner Fertility: Incidence and Implications for Child Support Policy. Social Service Review, 79 (4), 577 - 601. [Journal website]

Smyth B (2005) Modernising the child support scheme: Some reflections. Family Matters, 71, 58-61.

Smyth B & Weston R (2005) Attitudes to child support in Australia. Family Matters, 71, 46-57.

INCSS Member Publications

Andrews, S., Armstrong, D., McLernon, L., Megaw, S., and Skinner, C. (2011). Promotion of Child Maintenance: Research on Instigating Behaviour Change, Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission, Research Report No, 1, Volume I, Main Report. Leeds: Corporate Document Centre, pp. 95. [Report]

Andrews, S., Armstrong, D., McLernon, L., Megaw, S., and Skinner, C. (2011). Promotion of Child Maintenance: Research on Instigating Behaviour Change, Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission, Research Report No, 1, Volume  II Detailed Analysis and Technical Report, Leeds: Corporate Document Centre, pp. 129. [Report]

Skinner, C., Bradshaw, J. and Davidson, J. (2007). Child support policy: an international perspective, Department for Work and Pensions Research Report 405, Leeds: Corporate Document Services. [Report]

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Curry-Sumner, I. & Skinner, C. (eds.) (2009). Persistent Problems, Finding Solutions: Child Maintenance in The Netherlands and the UK. Nijmegen: Wolf Legal Publishers. [Publisher website]

Rush, M. (2015).  Between Two Worlds of Father Politics: USA or Sweden, Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Publisher website]

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Journal articles

Hakovirta, M., Haataja, A., Eydal G. & Rostgaard, T. (2014). Fathers’ rights to family cash benefits in Nordic countries. In G. Eydal & T. Rostgaard (eds.) Fatherhood in the Nordic Welfare states. Comparing care policies and practice. Bristol: Policy Press. [Publisher website]

Hakovirta, M., Kuivalainen, S., & Rantalaiho, M. (2013). Welfare state support of lone parents – Nordic approaches to a complex and ambiguous policy field. In R. Ulmestig & I. Harslof (eds.) Changing social risks and social policy responses in the Nordic welfare states. London: Palgrave McMillan. [Publisher website]

Skinner, C. (2009). Understanding Willingness to Pay Child Support. In I. Curry-Sumner & C. Skinner (eds).  Persistent Problems, Finding Solutions: Child Maintenance in The Netherlands and the UK. Nijmegen: Wolf Legal Publishers, pp.111-125. [Publisher website]