- Daniel R. Meyer, Maria Cancian, and Steven T. Cook
- August 2004
- DP1300-05 & CSDE3-T-G
- Link to dp130005 (PDF)
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.