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.

The Latest
Toolkit

Drawing on lessons from the Procedural Justice-Informed Alternatives to Contempt (PJAC) project, this guide provides practical advice on how child support agencies can apply principles of procedural justice (the idea of fairness in processes) to build trust, better engage participants, and create a more fair and effective process.

Report

The Procedural Justice-Informed Alternatives to Contempt (PJAC) project integrated procedural justice (the idea of fairness in processes) into enforcement at six child support agencies. This report presents the first systematic analysis of the implementation of the PJAC model.