Allen, Brandeanna and Nunley, John and Seals, Alan (2008): The Effect of Joint-Child-Custody Legislation on the Child-Support Receipt of Single Mothers.
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Due to the preponderance of single mothers on public assistance, delinquent child support has been a contentious political issue in the U.S. for over 30 years. We examine whether joint-child-custody reform affects the child- support receipt of single mothers. We use variation in the timing of joint-custody reforms across states to identify the effect of joint custody on the child-support receipt of single mothers. Joint-custody enactment raises the probability of receiving child support for all single mothers by six percent. However, the effect on all single mothers is driven by the effect on divorced mothers since separated and never-married mothers are unaffected by joint-custody reform. We conclude joint-custody reform confers the most benefit on divorced mothers and their children, particularly those who do not receive public assistance.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||The Effect of Joint-Child-Custody Legislation on the Child-Support Receipt of Single Mothers|
|Keywords:||child support, joint custody, child-custody laws, child-support enforcement|
|Subjects:||J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J12 - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure; Domestic Abuse
K - Law and Economics > K3 - Other Substantive Areas of Law > K36 - Family and Personal Law
D - Microeconomics > D1 - Household Behavior and Family Economics > D10 - General
|Depositing User:||John Nunley|
|Date Deposited:||17. Jul 2009 00:21|
|Last Modified:||12. Feb 2013 10:02|
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