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(p. 773) 21. Financial Obligations to Members of the Family 

(p. 773) 21. Financial Obligations to Members of the Family
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(p. 773) 21. Financial Obligations to Members of the Family
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N V Lowe

and G Douglas

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10.1093/he/9780199580408.003.0021
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date: 10 August 2020

A legal obligation to provide financial support for another member of the family, often referred to as ‘family solidarity’ in civil law systems, may be seen as the most tangible recognition of the moral ties created by family relationships. This chapter begins with a brief review of the historical development of the law, including the role of the welfare state. It then considers mechanisms whereby family members can seek support from each other, namely through private agreements, court orders, and finally under the child support scheme.

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