How the Child Support System Affects Low-Income Fathers.

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National Conference of State Legislatures.
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Fact Sheet
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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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