Relief from Government-Owed Child Support Debt and Its Effects on Parents and Children

Heather Han, Daniel Kuehn, Hannah Hassani, Urban Institute; Kathryn Edin, Princeton University
August 2019

This study recaps the results of California’s pilot project granting noncustodial parents relief from their state-owed arrears. In California, a large portion of of child support payments are owed to the government. If a parent doesn’t make the full monthly payment, interest accrues on the unpaid amount. The state implemented a pilot project in San Francisco that paid off all state-owed debt for a select group of noncustodial parents.