June 2022 | Good+Foundation, Ascend at the Aspen Institute

Centering Child Well-Being in Child Support Policy

Child support policies should be designed to maximize child well-being. This brief, part of the Centering Child Well-Being in Child Support Policy series, examines policies to increase the child support that goes to families, remove barriers to payment, increase job retention, support father engagement, and encourage co-parenting. Without these types of policies in place, the child support program can impact families negatively. Paying parents end up with high debt and have a hard time playing a meaningful role in their child’s life.

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