Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Name Hakovirta, Mia
Organisation TY
Project title Comparative studies on child maintenance policies, family complexity, and equalities
Decision No. 294648
Decision date 29.04.2016
Funding period 01.09.2016 - 31.08.2021
Funding 434 485
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Project description
Family relationships are recognized to be increasingly complex in many Western industrialized countries. Children are increasingly raised in single-parent families, stepfamilies, and by cohabiting rather than married couples. Furthermore, members of a family may differ regarding biological ties and legal relationships. This ambiguity in family roles and responsibilities and increase in joint legal custody, flexible visitation arrangements, and dual residence agreements affects the character, composition, and resource sharing within families and between the welfare state and families. As family relationships become more complex, it raises a question about how child maintenance policy should address complex family situations. This research attempts to answer these questions by comparing child maintenance policies across countries and demonstrating how different welfare states deal with family complexity.