This report was written to address five concerns about child support law at the time of its publication, viz.:

  • the inadequacy of child support awarded;
  • inconsistency of award between similar families;
  • inefficiency in assessment;
  • inequality based on “legitimacy” of birth; and
  • unaddressed complexities based on the inter-relation between spousal support, custody of children, and child support.

This report expounds recommendations for a new approach to child support, which is meant to foster equality for all children, regardless of the nature of the parent-child relationship. The report considers the reasons for child support law, and recommends new policy and procedure which are in accordance with those reasons. The report also gives a template for an independent child support action.