The federal Office of Child Support Enforcement collects data from state child support agencies on the number of support orders that do not have a dollar support amount, referred to here as zero orders. These may reflect different types of orders – medical support only, shared custody, arrears only, or current support with no amount due. Zero orders have been increasing over time within the child support program. Today, they represent 10% of support orders nationally. This Story Behind the Numbers explores this trend and examines why zero orders have become more common in the child support program. (excerpt from author introduction)
Exploring trends in the percent of orders for zero dollars
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