Issue Brief

No. 766

Income Support Policy and the U.S. Child Support System
July 25, 2001

Author

Jane Koppelman, Consultant

Summary

This paper examines the economic profile of custodial and noncustodial parents and the status of the federal/state child support enforcement system. It discusses the reasons for the historically low rate of child support collection; the prospects for new computerized systems to improve the rates of both paternities established and payments collected; ways the system can sustain funding; and the extent to which child support payments can improve the well-being of low-income families.

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