Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Call for Child Support System Reform

From Central Queensland News:

WITH more than 800 Gladstone parents struggling to meet their financial obligations for their kids, experts are pressuring the Turnbull Government to overhaul the much-maligned child support system.

Exclusive data obtained by NewsRegional shows 2642 Gladstone residents should be paying child support but 30% - or 803 - are behind in their payments. 

Most of the debtors are men, with 683 Gladstone fathers owing money.

There are 97 women with a child support debt and 23 residents of "unknown gender" who also owe money.

The Department of Human Services could not tell NewsRegional how much money is owed locally, but it confirmed that nationwide, fathers owed their children almost $1.5 billion and mothers owed $56.3 million.

Read more here.

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