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Crosse, R; Millar, M
2019
October
Journal of Poverty and Social Justice
Off the Hook: Mutual Absolution of Responsibility by Fathers and the State, the Experiences of Separated and Divorced Irish Mothers
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divorce; separation; parental responsibility; family policy; poverty,
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This paper explores the experiences of fifteen Irish mothers who have undergone a separation and/or divorce and highlights whilst both parents have a legal responsibility to care for children in the event of a dissolution of marriage, the enforcement of such responsibilities is deficient in the case of the absent parent. This is particularly deleterious for mothers living in poverty. The narratives show their lived reality is exacerbated by the failure of the state to enforce fathersí obligations at the time of separation and divorce, which is untenable 22 years after the introduction of divorce.
10.1332/175982719X15622544227830
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Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy