Legal Strategies to Address Child Support Obligations for Nonresident Fathers in the Child Welfare System

ABA Child Law Practice, Vol. 28 No. 5, July 2009, pp. 1, 70-72.

4 Pages Posted: 30 Oct 2014

See all articles by Daniel L. Hatcher

Daniel L. Hatcher

University of Baltimore - School of Law

Date Written: July 2009

Abstract

The legal and practical issues surrounding child support obligations have enormous impact on families in the child welfare system. Unfortunately, these issues are often ignored, overlooked, or misunderstood. A much-needed effort to engage nonresident fathers in the child welfare system is underway, but those efforts will often be derailed if child support is not properly addressed. This article sheds light on the legal and policy concerns regarding child support enforcement in child protection cases and provides legal strategies for advocates to address those concerns. While primarily aimed at advocates for nonresident fathers, this article should also benefit advocates for custodial parents and for children as child support issues affect all parties in the child welfare system.

Keywords: child support, child welfare, families, nonresident fathers, child protection, legal strategies, advocates, attorneys, lawyers, caseworkers, unemployed, homeless, parental rights, credit

JEL Classification: K19, K39, K42, K49

Suggested Citation

Hatcher, Daniel L., Legal Strategies to Address Child Support Obligations for Nonresident Fathers in the Child Welfare System (July 2009). ABA Child Law Practice, Vol. 28 No. 5, July 2009, pp. 1, 70-72.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2516362 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2516362

Daniel L. Hatcher (Contact Author)

University of Baltimore - School of Law ( email )

1420 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
United States

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