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NCJ Number: NCJ 240673     Find in a Library
Title: Realistic Child Support Orders for Incarcerated Parents
  Document URL: PDF 
Corporate Author: US Dept of Health and Human Services
Admin for Children and Families
United States of America
Date Published: 06/2012
Page Count: 6
  Annotation: This fact sheet from the Office of Child Support Enforcement examines realistic child support orders for incarcerated parents.
Abstract: This fact sheet was compiled by the Office of Child Support Enforcement at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to highlight realistic alternatives to establish child support orders for incarcerated parents. The report notes that incarcerated noncustodial parents often have large child support debt upon entering prison and this debt increases by considerable amounts by the time they leave prison. This debt can be a significant factor for offenders trying to reenter the community and find employment. The fact sheet discusses the need to modify support orders that correctly reflect actual parental income and ability to pay. Modified orders also need to be based on the fact that actual income levels will change due to incarceration. Since 2005, a number of States have changed their policies to permit reduction or suspension of child support orders for incarcerated parents. In addition, State and local agencies have found that providing modification assistance to incarcerated parents is a positive step towards improving reentry efforts for offenders. Successful programs in California, New York, Oregon, New Jersey, Michigan, Washington, Connecticut, and Massachusetts are highlighted in this fact sheet. 34 references
Main Term(s): Family support
Index Term(s): Adult offenders ; Offender financial assistance ; Children of incarcerated offenders ; Family intervention programs ; Barriers to ex-offender employment ; Parental liability ; Family advocacy programs
Sale Source: US Dept of Health and Human Services
Admin for Children and Families
370 L'Enfant Promenade, S.W.
Washington, DC 20447
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: Child Support Fact Sheet Series, Number 4
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