In Everybody’s Best Interests: Why Reforming Child Support Distribution Makes Sense for Government and Families

Vicki Turetsky, Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
September 2005

This is a link to a policy brief. Fully implementing distribution reforms and eliminating welfare cost-recovery from the child support program has the potential to boost the income of millions of low-income children. More than $2 billion per year is currently withheld by the government to reimburse welfare costs. This money could be going to families. Moreover, the evidence suggests that more non-custodial parents would pay child support if they knew the money benefited their children. While there are a number of reforms that could be made to increase the reliability of child support reaching low-income children, distribution reform is a key one. www.CLASP.org.

Link: In Everybody’s Best Interests: Why Reforming Child Support Distribution Makes Sense for Government and Families