Brief Child Support Enforcement
How Well Is It Doing?
Elaine Sorensen, Ariel Halpern
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This paper finds that several tools of the child support enforcement system - the $50 pass-through, the tax intercept program, and presumptive guidelines - had a significantly positive effect on child support receipt among both never-married and previously married single mothers. Immediate wage withholding also had a significantly positive impact on child support among previously married mothers on AFDC. The in-hospital paternity establishment program had a significantly positive effect on child support among never-married mothers not on AFDC. This paper examines 21 years of data from the Current Population Survey supplemented with detailed information on state child support policies.
Research Areas Families Children and youth
Tags Child support Child care Father involvement