Child support is one of the most important problems facing children seeking to maintain meaningful relationships with both their parents following divorce or separation. The intention behind child support is sensible – children need to be supported and, since both parents brought the child into the world, both should provide for it. But too many parents are ordered to pay amounts that they are too poor to pay, landing many of them in jail.
Those child support policies and their enforcement are in immediate need of drastic reform. The recent study conducted by the Abell Foundation makes the point crystal clear (Abell Foundation, June, 2019). The author of the study’s report, Vicky Turetsky is the former long-time commissioner of the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement. Few people if any are more knowledgeable about the issues besetting our child support policies than she.