Chapter 7: Child support as part of a multifaceted but fragmented system in Germany
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Although single mothers in Germany are more likely to be gainfully employed than mothers in couple households, with mothers still bearing the lion’s share of childcare and a widely unchanged labour division between parents after separation, single mothers struggle to recover from financial struggles around separation. The availability of day-care for children is crucial. While child support and care are seen as two sides of the same coin, the expansion of child care facilities has shown effects on labour market involvement and income for single parents. In contrast, clawback of child support payments by the state in case social benefits are paid hinder improvements. Even the increased advance payments as a targeted social benefit for single parents only address risk but do not get single parents out of poverty. In a fragmented system with several governmental departments involved, a coherent policy for single parents including child support is still pending.

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