Title: Three essential aspects of child support: a comparative analysis between China and Australia

Authors: Qingmin Guo

Addresses: Faculty of Law, Southwest Petroleum University, Chengdu, Sichuan, 610500, China

Abstract: This article examines the law and practice of child support in China and Australia from the following three aspects: assessment, collection and enforcement, and variation. After looking at the theoretical and empirical research on child support in China and Australia respectively, it analyses the reasons for learning from Australia's useful experience and its impediments. It points out that drawing lessons from Australia's experience must consider China's existing child support system, and appropriate changes must be made to adapt to China's national conditions. Four suggestions are put forward to improve China's current child support system: refine the considerations to assess child support, establish or designate an agency to collect child support, enhance the strength to enforce child support, and broaden the grounds to vary child support.

Keywords: child support; assessment; collection and enforcement; variation; China; Australia.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPL.2022.129680

International Journal of Private Law, 2022 Vol.10 No.2/3/4, pp.208 - 231

Received: 16 Mar 2022
Accepted: 21 Oct 2022

Published online: 20 Mar 2023 *

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