Legal Strategies to Address Child Support Obligations
Book chapter (Chapter 7), in Advocating for Nonresident Fathers in Child Welfare Court Cases, Claire S. Chiamulera, ed., American Bar Association and American Humane Association, 2009, pp. 125-134.
14 Pages Posted: 6 Nov 2014
Date Written: 2009
The legal and practical issues surrounding child support obligations have enormous impact on families in the child welfare system. Unfortunately, these issues are often ignored, overlooked, or misunderstood. Efforts to engage nonresident fathers in the child welfare system are underway, but those efforts will often be derailed if child support is not properly addressed. This chapter examines legal and policy concerns regarding child support enforcement in child welfare cases and shares legal strategies to address those concerns. While aimed at advocates for nonresident fathers, this chapter should also benefit advocates for custodial parents and for children as child support issues affect all parties in the child welfare system.
Keywords: child support, child welfare system, nonresident fathers, legal strategies, custodial parents, low-income families, single mothers, poverty, federal law, foster care, Social Security Act,
JEL Classification: I31, I38, I39, J12, J13, K19, K39, K49
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