The New York Times today reported that up to 50% of the states collect child support from absent fathers and primarily use those collections to recoup the monies paid out to mothers and children through TANF grants (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families). According to the NY Times, nearly half of the states pass along none of the funds collected in child support to families on welfare. Other states pay about $50/month to the custodial parent (usually a mother), despite the fact that the absent father may be paying hundreds of dollars per month.
Read Mothers Scrimp as States Take Child Support, New York Times, December 1, 2007. A one-time registration may be required.
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