Child Support Increases for Low-Income Families

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Child Support Increases for Low-Income Families

January 13, 2004

Abstract

A significantly larger share of children in low-income families received child support in 2001 than in 1996. Among poor families, those receiving child support increased from 31 percent in 1996 to 36 percent in 2001. Children with family incomes between 100 and 200 percent of poverty were also more likely to receive child support in 2001 (45 percent in 1996 compared with 50 percent in 2001). Children whose family incomes were more than twice the poverty threshold did not experience gains in child support.

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