International history of child support
There are various names for these payments, even in English: "child maintenance", "child support", "child alimony", and in the UK "child support maintenance"! To add to the confusion, sometimes the term "child support" is used to include all forms of support, including state support, and some people want to include "care" in the term.
The history project
Building up a picture of the history of child maintenance / child support across many countries in the world is a long term project. Rather than wait until it is completed before publishing any results, the intention is to publish the "work in progress" as part of new editions of this web site, for the first of each month. So the pages in this topic, identified by the links above & below, will gradually be filled out with extra dates, more information and references, and eventually more analysis.
The countries concerned
Many countries are being examined individually. Here are their pages:
Comparisons between countries
Some countries are being compared with one-another in tabular format. Here are the pages concerned:
Child support systems across the world
Why do countries operate child support systems?
This is a matter that needs to be deduced from the history. But time after time the answer always appears to be for one or both of the following objectives. Everything else is just detail.
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