Divorced Dads Shattering
Sanford L. Braver P.H.D. and
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Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2002 21:33:14 -0800 (PST)
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (ACFC Website)
Subject: ACFC: Give "Dead-Broke Dads" A Break
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National Center for Policy Analysis
Opinion: Give "Dead-Broke Dads" A Break
Daily Policy Digest
Welfare Issues / Child Support
Friday, February 22, 2002
The notion that "divorced or unmarried fathers make out like
leaving women and children in the dust," is based on faulty
Cathy Young of Reason magazine.
In her 1985 book, "The Divorce Revolution," Lenore
women's standard of living drops 73 percent after divorce, while
rises 42 percent, based on a 1977 study. But that oft-quoted
* In 1996 another scholar found a huge error in Weitzman's
although the revised data still yielded a 10 percent increase in
living standards and a 27 percent decline in women's.
* But since 1977, women's earnings have risen and child
collections have improved.
* Thus, in his 1999 book "Divorced Dads: Shattering the
State University researcher Sanford Braver found that among
divorced couples with two children, both parents' living
In reality, most noncustodial fathers behind in their child
payments are unemployed or unskilled laborers. But as the
ratcheted up child support enforcement, some impoverished fathers
* One study found that among fathers with no employment problems,
percent paid nothing and 81 percent paid in full; among seasonal
sometime unemployed workers, 45 percent paid in full and over a
* Urban Institute scholar Elaine Sorensen has reported that only
of fathers are able to get a judge to reduce their child support
when their earnings drop by more than 15 percent, and when they
takes up to six months -- while arrearages mount.
President Bush wants payments by noncustodial fathers whose
on welfare to go directly to the family rather than a
bureaucracy, believing the arrangement will help involve fathers
Source: Cathy Young (Reason magazine), "New look at
Boston Globe, February 11, 2002.
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Dads Not So Dead-Beat
NCPA, Summer 96
Big Daddy / Can the feds support child support?
by Brian Doherty -- Reason, Jun 96
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