Build a Realistic System That Encourages Fathers

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Build a Realistic System That Encourages Fathers

Commentary
May 1, 1999

Abstract

[Los Angeles Times] The recent news that the Los Angeles district attorney's Bureau of Family Support faces a $50-million lawsuit because an employee heaped insults on a parent has raised red flags about child support collections. Given the disincentives built into the system, it is not surprising that the bureau is running into difficulties collecting support from poor non-custodial parents, most of whom are fathers.

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