The authors wish to express their appreciation for the thorough and thoughtful comments and suggestions of three anonymous reviewers and the Editor.
Child Support: Who Bears the Burden?*
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
© 2008 by the National Council on Family Relations
Volume 57, Issue 3, pages 376–389, July 2008
How to Cite
Stirling, K. and Aldrich, T. (2008), Child Support: Who Bears the Burden?. Family Relations, 57: 376–389. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3729.2008.00507.x
- Issue published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
- child support order;
- economic well-being;
- low-income fathers;
- resident mothers
Abstract: Using a more comprehensive accounting than previous studies, we examined the economic impact of child support orders on residential mothers and children compared to nonresidential fathers and how that impact differed across income levels. With the inclusion of child support and other expenses associated with raising children, the well-being of mothers and children fell by 37% compared to a decline of 16% for nonresident fathers, relative to their standard of living while intact. We also found significant differences in the child support obligation rate across income levels with low- and middle-income fathers facing much greater child support obligations than high-income fathers. Additionally, although the poverty rates of low-income fathers were high at 28%, those for low-income mothers and children were almost 3-fold higher at 73%.