Deadbeat Dads: A National Child Support Scandal / Edition 1

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Overview

Recently, many political voices have indicated a strong desire to track down absent fathers who have absconded without fulfilling child support obligations to their biological or adopted children. This renewed interest in deadbeat dads has resulted from a recognition that the social welfare programs, which pick up the tab for abandoned children, are contributing significantly to an ever-increasing federal budget deficit. Meanwhile, in a large number of cases, there simply isn't enough money for an absent parent to maintain his own separate support and fulfill the support obligations that the law requires. This book explores the history, reforms, and consequences of child support in America. The authors have included case studies as well as discussions on the psychological consequences of separating families, effects of divorce laws on the award of child support, contested paternity, and child custody alternatives. They conclude with a discussion on economic responsibility and the deadbeat epidemic. The book is intended to empower the larger number of parents who are caught in the midst of overworked agencies, discouraging tales, and the lack of information that keeps them paralyzed from acting on their own behalf.

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Explores the history, reforms, and consequences of child support in America, discussing subjects including the effects of divorce laws on the award of child support; contested paternity; child custody alternatives; and the psychological consequences of separating families. Of interest to general readers. Distributed by Greenwood. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275951252
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/11/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 164
  • Lexile: 1310L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

MARCIA MOBILIA BOUMIL is a faculty member of the School of Medicine, Tufts University.

JOEL FRIEDMAN is a licensed psychologist who has served for the past 20 years on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 The Deadbeat Epidemic: A New Generation of Neglected Children 1
2 Children of Divorce: The Psychological Consequences of Divorce and Absent Parents 19
3 The Effect of Fault and No-Fault Divorce Laws on Child Support 39
4 When Paternity Is Contested... 51
5 Legal Guidelines for Establishing and Enforcing Child Support Awards 67
6 Child Custody Alternatives and Their Impact on the Payment of Support 87
7 Deadbeat Dads and Single Moms: Who They Are 103
8 Social Relationships Economic Responsibility, and the Deadbeat Epidemic 129
Bibliography 141
Index 147
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