Chapter 6: Single mothers and the child support system in Finland
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In Finland, most single mothers provide for themselves through paid work and thus, they have not been morally stigmatised. Nonetheless, single mothers are economically disadvantaged and have high poverty rates. The most common living arrangement for children post separation is that the child lives with the mother. However, the number of children having shared care - where a child lives an almost equal time with each parent in post-separation - has increased over the years. Child support forms a small amount of single mothers’ income, and non-compliance is a core issue. Cross-nationally the amount of orders and received child support is relatively low. In cases of non-compliance, the government guarantees child support, providing additional resources to those whose orders are low or do not receive child support.

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