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Arrearages, Lying-in Orders, and Child Support Compliance among Fathers of W-2 Children in Wisconsin

The notion that arrears have a deterrent effect on child support payments has been raised repeatedly in the qualitative literature, but there have only been limited efforts to examine this quantitatively. This report examines the relationship between child support arrearages owed to the state and subsequent compliance with ongoing support obligations. The author uses a framework that recognizes that the determinants of compliance differ for employed and nonemployed fathers and attempts to disentangle the effects of overall arrearages from the effects of having an obligation to pay birth-related costs (known as lying-in costs).


Arrears & Related Policy, Child Support, CSDE, CSDE Report, Enforcement, Family Income, Orders & Payments, Pass-Through & Disregard, Related Social Policies


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