Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp 445–455 | Cite as

Financial responsibility for children following divorce and remarriage

  • Marilyn Coleman
  • Lawrence H. Ganong


In this article the phenomena of the declining financial status of children following the divorce of their parents are explored. Two cultural beliefs are proposed as particularly relevant for understanding why some parents do not provide financially for their children following divorce: the belief that the nuclear family form is the only one that is normal and natural, and the belief that an individual's rights are of supreme importance. The consequences of these beliefs for the financial support of children are discussed, and suggestions for addressing the situation are presented.

Key words

child support divorce mediation remarriage 


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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marilyn Coleman
    • 1
  • Lawrence H. Ganong
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Missouri-ColumbiaUSA

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