Ensuring Families Receive Child Support Payments

Good+Foundation, Ascend at the Aspen Institute
May 2022

The child support program was initially set up to recover benefits paid to families. Even though this mindset has changed, there are still policies in place to reimburse the federal government before child support goes to the family. This brief explores policies for pass through and disregard and distribution that will get money into the hands of the family. Research shows parents who know their support is going to their family are more likely to pay and more willing to establish paternity.