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Alternative Approaches to Child Support Policy in the Context of Multiple-Partner Fertility

In this paper the authors examine the extent of complications in child support cases in Wisconsin that are caused by multiple-partner fertility. Beyond documenting patterns of multiple-partner fertility in the broader population of families served by the child support system, the authors simulate the results of alternative policy regimes discuss the principles that might underlie alternative approaches. They consider implications for child support owed by noncustodial parents and due to custodial parents, and how this differs by family structure. They then use their analysis of the distribution of family structures and incomes in Wisconsin to simulate outcomes for these families under alternative policies.


Child Support, Child Support Policy Research, Complicated Families & Multiple-Partner Fertility, Guidelines, Orders & Payments