- Maria Cancian and Daniel R. Meyer
- Special Issue 2017
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The United States has a variety of programs and policies that address the needs of low-income families with children. However, current policy specifically targeted to singleparent families primarily operates through the child support system. While this system generally works well for middle and upper-income families when married parents divorce, it does not adequately address the needs of lower-income families, particularly when the parents were not married. Nonpayment, partial payment, and irregular payment of child support are common, leaving far too many children with inadequate financial resources; further, a primary focus on enforcing financial support from noncustodial parents may in fact discourage parental responsibility.