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Child Support Payments, Income Imputation, and Default Orders

The December 2016 Flexibility, Efficiency, and Modernization in Child Support Programs final rule limits the use of income imputation and default orders. At least two sets of concerns have motivated related policy and research: concerns that these orders may be unfair to low-income noncustodial parents, and concerns that if they are set beyond a noncustodial parent’s (NCP’s) ability to pay, they may be counterproductive. In this report, we examine the likelihood of imputed-income and default orders and how total child support paid and compliance—that is, total payments as a proportion of the amount due—vary with these types of orders.


Child Support, Child Support Policy Research, Family Income, Guidelines, Orders & Payments, WI Administrative Data Core


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