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First principles: comparative legal frameworks and public attitudes

  • Seminars 1 and 2 for the ESRC International Research Seminar Series on Child Maintenance: International Perspectives and Policy Challenges
  • 27 and 28 March 2014
  • Nuffield Foundation, London


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This two-day event aims to set the scene and inform all participants of the first principles of child maintenance policies and the intended aims of policy across different countries. The seminars will establish a common ground for participants to discuss child maintenance issues, ensuring clarity over definitions of common terms, which is particular important given the cross-institution and international perspective this seminar series will foster.

Day 1. Comparative legal frameworks and child maintenance schemes

This seminar will aim to address the following questions:

  • What are the key legal principles of child maintenance schemes across different countries?
  • Are the key principles and policy aims easily identifiable? 
  • What is the institutional apparatus for delivering child maintenance policy across countries – are there different models?


Day 2. Attitudinal norms about child maintenance

This seminar will aim to address the following questions:

  • What are the attitudinal norms about the principle of child maintenance?
  • What are the norms regarding how much should be paid?
  • What are the beliefs about what child maintenance is for?



ESRC: Economic and Social Research Council

Nuffield Foundation