The relevance of a Family System to Britain’s ongoing child maintenance arrears
03 Nov 2009
Many children and parents trying to raise children without a partner present are suffering. The present pattern of fathers leaving both children and former partners without maintenance is causing serious human suffering.
Today some £3.8 billion of unpaid maintenance is owed by fathers and according to the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (CMEC) is probably uncollectable. For a mother to try to care for and raise children without any financial help or interpersonal child care can easily create some dire situations.
Implicit in all this is how does a mother both raise children and acquire funds simultaneously? Who looks after the children if she takes a job?
Now here is where a family system has genuine relevance.
A family procedure proposes that two couples with one child each work together, thereby reducing population rate by 50% and also spreading child care between four adults.
In this procedure, if one of the two couples should separate (given Britain’s divorce rate heading toward Sweden’s 50%), then the two children could still have three adults to look to for care and support. Also, one of the two women could go back to work while the other cared for the two children.