How the Child Support System Affects Low-Income Fathers.

Year Published
Author (Organization)
National Conference of State Legislatures.
Resource Type
Fact Sheet
Resource Format
This fact sheet proposes ways policymakers can formulate child support guidelines to be father-friendly. Some suggestions include: establish formulas and guidelines that take low income obligors into consideration; ensure that guidelines allow low-income parents enough income to meet their needs after their child support is paid; connect fathers with employment and training opportunities that allow them to obtain employment and develop skills that provide wage advancement opportunities, and establish (or modify) realistic support order amounts; establish child support orders that reflect afather's real income; include service delivery and referral mechanisms alongside traditional cost-recovery efforts.

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