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ERIC Number: ED438345
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Jan
Pages: 35
Abstractor: N/A
To What Extent Do Children Benefit from Child Support? Discussion Papers. Assessing the New Federalism.
Sorenson, Elaine; Zibman, Chava
This study examines the extent to which children enjoy regular contact and financial support from their noncustodial parents. It also looks at the extent to which children who have a parent living elsewhere and their custodians are financially dependent on child support. Data are from the National Survey of America's Families. In this survey, data were collected in 1997 from nearly 45,000 nationally representative households. Slightly more than half of all children eligible for child support receive any support from their noncustodial parents, and only a third see their noncustodial parents as often as once a week. Only half have child support orders, but even children with orders do not receive the full ordered amount. Children with a parent living elsewhere are three times as likely to be poor. Poor children are particularly unlikely to receive child support, but when they do receive it, child support constitutes, on average, a quarter of their family's income. Child support decreases the level of income inequality among children with a parent living elsewhere. (Contains 4 tables, 4 figures, 13 end notes, and 8 references.) (SLD)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ.; Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Menlo Park, CA.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.; McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis, MN.; Weingart Foundation, Los Angeles, CA.; Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Milwaukee, WI.; Joyce Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Commonwealth Fund, New York, NY.; Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Additional support from the the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Stuart Foundation, and The Fund for New Jersey.