Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts Honours
School of Psychology
Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences
Dr Diedre Drake
Dr Diane McKillop
Seven non-resident fathers who were supporting their children from a previous relationship were interviewed to elicit their views on the fairness of current contact and CS arrangements. Most fathers were committed to their parental role and had contact with their children at least every second weekend. Fair contact was that which was flexible around their paid work commitments. Unfair contact was that which was limited by the children's mother. Most fathers viewed their CS as excessive and some had negotiated lower CS than that mandated by legislation. Several fathers wanted a say in how their CS was spent. Some fathers did not believe their CS should rise in line with increases in their earnings. Views that reflected limited financial support for their children may indicate, for some men, the primacy of their identification with their occupational role, consistent with a traditional view of masculinity and appropriate gender roles for men and women. It is suggested that adherence to a traditional gender role ideology may interfere with non-resident fathers' re-negotiation of their parental role with regard to contact with their children. As well, adherence to such an ideology may lead some fathers to exert their power to reduce the children's financial support. In either case, the children's welfare may be put at risk.
Cook, M. C. (2005). Child support following separation : An exploratory study of non-resident fathers' views of the fairness of current contact and child support payment practices. Retrieved from http://ro.ecu.edu.au/theses_hons/1042