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Collecting Child Support: A History of Federal and State Initiatives


Jane C. Murphy


University of Baltimore - School of Law

Naomi Cahn


George Washington University - Law School

2000

Clearinghouse Review, Vol. 34, No's. 3-4, pp. 165-181, July-August 2000

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In this article we sketch an overview of the increasing federal involvement in the child-support area. Because the federal role has grown so dramatically over the past 25 years, family law practitioners need to understand the different federal programs and requirements that affect state management of child-support programs. While for many low-income parents state agencies handle child-support establishment and collection, the federalization of child support has practical implications when it comes to both establishing and enforcing child support. For example, as the time limits of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act begin to have their effects, child support may become a supplement more and more needed by custodial parents.

We begin this article with a brief history of the changing nature of federal involvement in child support-focusing on the origins of the federally mandated state child-support departments (“IV-D” agencies)-and then examine the development of mandatory child-support guidelines. We conclude with a listing of the implications of the federalization of child support for the family law practitioner.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 18

Keywords: child support, federal government, state agencies, Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, custodial parents, "IV-D" agencies, mandatory child support guidelines, family law, child support collection

JEL Classification: K19, K39, K49, J16

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Murphy, Jane C. and Cahn, Naomi, Collecting Child Support: A History of Federal and State Initiatives (2000). Clearinghouse Review, Vol. 34, No's. 3-4, pp. 165-181, July-August 2000. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1438179

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Jane C. Murphy (Contact Author)
University of Baltimore - School of Law ( email )
1420 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
United States
Naomi R. Cahn
George Washington University - Law School ( email )
2000 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20052
United States
202-994-6025 (Phone)
202-994-5614 (Fax)
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