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Key Determinants Of A Mother's Decision To File For Child Support, Janice Laakso Mar 2002

Key Determinants Of A Mother's Decision To File For Child Support, Janice Laakso

Social Work & Criminal Justice Publications

About one-third of custodial mothers choose not to pursue a child support award even though It can be a significant source of Income. A qualitative study was conducted with 43 mothers who have each had at least one child In a nonmarital relationship, to learn more about how mothers make the decision to file or not file for child support The findings Indicate that a key determinant In a mother's decision Is the quality of her relationship with the father: A mother is less likely to file when the relationship Is good and more likely to file when the relationship …