This book analyzes the issues surrounding divorce and its implications for public policy. The authors integrate research and policy perspectives of scholars in various disciplines to focus on the consequences of divorce for children, the parents' responsibilities after divorce, nonresidential parenting, and the effects of a high divorce rate in society.

Compliance with Child Support Orders in Paternity and Divorce Cases

Compliance with child support orders in paternity and divorce cases
Daniel R.Meyer

A frequently cited problem with the child support system has been (and continues to be) the low rate of compliance with child support obligations. National data confirm that compliance is a problem: of mothers with child support orders, only half receive the full amount owed, and a quarter receive nothing at all (U.S. Bureau of the Census, 1995). A prevailing view has been that the cause of low compliance is nonresident parents choosing to pay less than they could afford to pay (the “deadbeat dads” of the press).

Since the mid-1970s, the child support system has come under increased scrutiny. The scrutiny arose in part because ...

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