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Child support forcing poor families further into poverty

Child support forcing poor families further into poverty

Child support was meant to create financial security for children so that parents splitting up didn’t result in a life of poverty. But the child support system has morphed into one that instead can exacerbate the cycle of poverty, criminalizing fathers who can’t afford to pay and widening the family divide — all of which only hurts children in the end.

Not convinced? Consider this telling statistic: About 70 percent of the country’s 15 million unpaid child support cases are owed by parents who make less than $10,000 a year, according to the Population Research Center at The University of Texas...

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