New Child Support Legislation--Its Potential Impact and How To Improve It

MWD-76-63: Published: Apr 5, 1976. Publicly Released: Apr 5, 1976.

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Over seven million children who have an absent parent receive assistance under the aid to families with dependent children program. Many of these children could benefit from an effective child support program. In the past, however, the program has generally not been actively carried out by all States and has not been adequately monitored or administered by HEW. Thus the States and the Federal Government have spent many millions of dollars on assistance for these children which would not have been spent if child support payments had been obtained from absent parents. The potential for new or increased child support payments is the basis for this examination.

Matter for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed

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    Matter: Congress should amend existing legislation to: (1) clarify evaluation and audit requirements and give more flexibility in meeting such requirements; (2) eliminate the financial incentive to encourage cooperation in identifying and locating absent parents; (3) provide for a consistent incentive payment rate to States and localities for collecting support payments; and (4) clarify the garnishment provision. Also, the Congress may wish to consider the policy issue involving the need to know absent parents' social security numbers and the current policy of not providing this infromation from Social Security Administration files.


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