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Ellman quoted by leading British publisher on his co-authored report of child maintenance attitudes
of the College of Law was quoted in a June 25 posting to the Family Law Newswatch, a service of Jordan Publishing, regarding his new article on the findings of the British Social Attitudes Survey.
The report, “Child maintenance: How much the state should require fathers to pay when families separate,” reveals the British public believes the government should force fathers to pay considerably more in child support than current British law requires, especially when they earn more than the mothers.
Published by the British National Center for Social Research and based on interviews with 3,200 British subjects, the study was co-authored by Ellman, Caroline Bryson, a partner at Bryson Purdon Social Research, Stephen McKay, Distinguished Professor of Social Research at the University of Lincoln, and Joanna Miles, Fellow in Law at Trinity College, University of Cambridge.
“The data show that the British public thinks non-resident parents with a good income should pay child maintenance at a level that would provide their children not just with basics, but with some of the amenities of a comfortable income,” said Ellman, the Charles J. Merriam Distinguished Professor of Law and an Affiliate Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University.
Jordan Publishing is a premier online and paper publisher for law practitioners in the United Kingdom.
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Ellman’s current scholarly projects focus an empirical investigation into how people make judgments about appropriate legal rules. This study, based on work he initially did in the United States, was funded by a $309,000 grant from the Nuffield Foundation in London. In addition to his appointments at ASU, Ellman is an affiliate faculty member of the Center for Child and Youth Policy at the University of California at Berkeley.