Chapter 8: Single parent families and the child support system in South Korea
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This chapter provides an overview of the progress, challenges, and prospects of Korean child support policy. Korea has made significant progress in child support policy over the past 15 years as evidenced by the achievements of the Child Support Agency and the legal system. However, a child support obligation is still a relatively new concept in Korea, and child support payments are still infrequent. The first priority for the Korean child support policy should be establishing a preventative, simplified, and automated child support system that reduces payor discretion. For example, authors suggest the establishment of an automatic income withholding system, as well as giving Korean Child Support Agency more authority to identify noncustodial parents’ information and process child support cases.

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