Brief Promising Innovations and Pilots in the Child Support Field
Eleanor Pratt, Heather Hahn
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A growing number of children live in families in which one parent has custody of the children and the other parent lives separately, without custody. The Child Support Enforcement program is intended to strengthen families by securing support from noncustodial parents for their children. For noncustodial parents with steady employment and financial resources, the program can work well. But the child support system works less well for noncustodial parents who cannot pay and face barriers to employment. This brief examines how policies impact families required to participate in child support and noncustodial parents who cannot afford to pay, and it highlights five innovations aiming to improve the way the child support system interacts with low-income noncustodial parents and their children.

Research Areas Families Children and youth
Tags Child support Kids in context
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population