Changes in family structures and family life, such as the growth in lone-parent families, joint custody and shared parenting arrangements are creating new and multifaceted challenges for the capacity of the welfare state. In managing and regulating this complex issue, policymakers need to adjust traditional policies to allow for changes in the social conditions of today’s children and parents, including changes in setting the boundaries between the state and the family and in encouraging labour supply of all men and women. The chapter examines the extent to which Nordic family policy systems acknowledge policymakers’ need to adjust traditional policies to allow for changes in the social conditions of today’s children and parents, including changes in and responses to increasing diversity in the family as well as the form of their response. The question driving this chapter is to what extent are the Nordic countries adapting to changes in lone-parent families.
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