Parents Who Are Ordered to Pay Child Support

The child support system serves nearly 16 million children who live apart from at least one of their parents. MDRC designs and studies reforms designed to change the way the system responds to both parents, including parents who have been ordered to pay child support but cannot afford to pay what they owe.

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Brief

The Procedural Justice-Informed Alternatives to Contempt (PJAC) project integrates procedural justice (the idea of fairness in processes) into enforcement at six child support agencies. This brief describes the delivery of PJAC services from PJAC case managers’ perspectives.

Brief

The Procedural Justice-Informed Alternatives to Contempt (PJAC) project integrates procedural justice (the idea of fairness in processes) into enforcement at six child support agencies. This brief describes PJAC’s approach to forgiving parents’ child support debt as an incentive for positive behavior—for example, making consistent payments.