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'He wants to mess with me, not the Social Insurance Agency':: custodial parents' experiences of the handling of maintenance support after the amendments in the Swedish Social Insurance Code
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology, Centre for Social Work - CESAR.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6504-0877
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This study explores the effects of the amendments regarding maintenance support in Sweden, which became effective in 2016. These amendments imply that maintenance support should to a larger extent be transformed into maintenance allowance, whereby the handling of support is transferred from the Social Insurance Agency (SIA) to the parents who are expected to initiate a dialogue to secure the best interest of the children in financial terms. However, this may be problematic. Possible occurrence of violence and financial oppression, when the financial acting space of one partner is restricted by the other, may severely complicate the implementation. It has been argued that a normative family perspective, that presupposes the possibility of an unproblematic co-operation between ex-partners with children tends to obscure such power imbalances. Although desirable, mutual responsibility for support can thus create potential for fathers to exert financial oppression over mothers, who most often have the main financial responsibility as custodial parents.

By interviewing ten custodial parents about their experiences of maintenance processes after the amendments, this study focuses on if, or how, experiences of violence and financial oppression has affected these processes and what implications this may have on the financial situation for parents and children.  Preliminary results from these interviews suggest that the legislative changes and how they have been executed by the SIA to a large extent neglect previous experience of violence and threats. It is also a possibility that the amendments may in fact facilitate a financially oppressive behavior towards the custodial parent.

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2018.
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-360039OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-360039DiVA, id: diva2:1246771
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9th ESFR Conference "Families through the lens of diversity", Porto, Portugal, 5th–8th September 2018
Available from: 2018-09-10 Created: 2018-09-10 Last updated: 2019-01-04Bibliographically approved

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