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Compliance with child support orders in divorce cases

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 13:53
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Meyer, Daniel R.
Bartfeld, Judi
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February 1996
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February 1996
Journal of Marriage and the Family
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A study was conducted to examine compliance with child support orders by divorced fathers in Wisconsin between 1981 and 1989. The results revealed that compliance increased as the father's income rose and that the burden of orders did not influence compliance unless the order was for over 35 percent of the father's income. There was no evidence that the strength of family ties was related to the compliance rate, and there was only limited evidence that economic need among the mothers and children resulted in greater compliance. Although those fathers who were not paying child support were not a high-income group, they were generally not so poor that they could not afford to pay at least some support. (Author abstract)


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