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This chapter begins by highlighting the sociological, macrolevel focus of previous work on the determinants of child support payments. We then highlight the value of addressing these issues from a psychological perspective. We argue that research and policy will benefit by embracing an explicitly evolutionary psychological perspective. We present several evolutionary hypotheses regarding the determinants of child support payments and discuss how previous research informs these hypotheses. Finally, we review proposed solutions for increasing men’s compliance with child support orders. We conclude that an evolutionary perspective can inform not only research on the determinants of child support payments, but also the social policies that might increase the reliability with which these payments are made.
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