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Child support

2011

University of Nevada, Las Vegas -- William S. Boyd School of Law

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Deadbeats, Deadbrokes, And Prisoners, Ann Cammett Jan 2011

Deadbeats, Deadbrokes, And Prisoners, Ann Cammett

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Historically, child support policy has targeted absent parents with aggressive enforcement measures. Such an approach is based on an economic resource model that is increasingly irrelevant, even counterproductive, for many low-income families. Specifically, modern day mass incarceration has radically skewed the paradigm on which the child support system is based, removing millions of parents from the formal economy entirely, diminishing their income opportunities after release, and rendering them ineffective economic actors. Such a flawed policy approach creates unintended consequences for the children of these parents by compromising a core non-monetary goal of child support system – parent-child engagement – as …