The Politics of Child Support in America

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Foreword

The “feminization” of poverty continues to grow at a rapid pace in America, and one of the main drivers of this growth is the lack of adequate child support and child support enforcement. Any American who buys a car on credit and moves across the state line knows he or she will still have to make the payments. We have made national enforcement of commercial credit laws very efficient. Not so with family credit. The federal government has worked to streamline the process, but there are still many glitches. There is also the issue that child support ordered by the court is often totally inadequate. Going back to my car payments comparison, many people's child support payments are less than their car payments. Do we care more about our cars than our children?

This book identifies the leaders in the child support issue arena. We should all be leaders in the cause, because children are our future. Even if a perfect child support system were in place, single parents would face serious difficulties supporting their families. It is easier to work on making the child support system fairer, more equitable, and more efficient than it is to tackle all the other imbalances a single parent faces.

So launch into this book and figure out as you read what all of us can do to solve the remaining problems. We thank all of those who have been working out there, and we know no one can do it alone. We are much smarter and more effective when we work together. Too many people say parents shouldn't be divorced and walk away. Well, if they are divorced, where does that leave the children? The public doesn't want to support them, so we should at least insist that the parents of a failed marriage do

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