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Multiple-Partner Fertility: Incidence and Implications for Child Support Policy

Using a unique set of merged administrative data reports from mothers receiving TANF in Wisconsin and fathers associated with their children, we document the prevalence of multiple-partner fertility and complex family structures. We find complexity of some type in about three-quarters of all cases. We also find that formal child support payment patterns are different among cases with complex family structures. We outline implications of these findings for child support and welfare policy.


Child Support, Complicated Families & Multiple-Partner Fertility, CSDE, CSDE Report, Family & Partnering, Multiple-Partner Fertility, Related Social Policies


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