ERIC Number: ED470556
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Dollars and Sense: Improving the Determination of Child Support Obligations for Low-Income Mothers, Fathers and Children. Reaching Common Ground.
The Common Ground Project brings together individuals who work with low-income mothers and fathers to develop and advance public policy recommendations on child support and interrelated welfare and family law issues that promote effective co-parenting relationships and ensure emotional and financial support for children. This report grew out of a series of meetings that explored economic issues around child support which would give more child support payments to children rather than use them to reimburse public assistance and Medicaid costs; set child support awards in a fair and realistic way; modify awards to reflect changing circumstances; manage arrears; and increase family income. Seven recommendations for improving the determination of child support obligations for low-income mothers, fathers, and children include child support policies for setting and adjusting child support obligations should be supported by federal and state policies designed to increase the income of low-income mothers, fathers, and children; Congress and states should ensure that child support awards for low-income families are set through a fair process that considers parents' actual income and circumstances; and states should develop systematic policies on the compromise of arrears owed to the state. An appendix presents participants in the Common Ground meetings. (SM)
Descriptors: Child Support, Child Welfare, Low Income Groups, One Parent Family, Parent Responsibility, Public Policy, Welfare Reform
National Women's Law Center and Center on Fathers, Families, and Public Policy, 11 Dupont Circle, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-588-5180; Fax: 202-588-5185; Web site: http://www.nwlc.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; Administration for Children and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.; Office of Child Support Enforcement (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Women's Law Center, Washington, DC.; Center on Fathers, Families, and Public Policy, Madison, WI.
Note: For a related document, see ED 447 940.