OCSE Guidance on the Turner v. Rogers Decision

Posted on September 17, 2012

The Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) issued an Action Transmittal (AT-12-01) dated June 18, 2012 that provides policy guidance to state child support agencies on the United States Supreme Court decision in the case of Turner v. Rogers. The recommendations and suggestions in the Action Transmittal pertain to civil contempt proceedings in child support cases like Turner in which ability to pay is at issue.

Safety and Services

Women of color speak about their communities Posted on October 15, 2011

Safety and Services is based on a series of listening sessions with women who shared their experiences and knowledge of domestic violence, economic support services, and community. The paper explores cultural differences, community influences, a role for churches, and the value of a broad range of economic and social support services for increasing the safety and well-being of low-income women of color.

In the Interest of Parents

Child Support: Ability to Pay and Incarceration Posted on February 7, 2011

Examines child support, the ability to pay, and incarceration as an enforcement mechanism through the Turner v. Rogers case heard before the U.S. Supreme Court on March 23, 2011. This brief raises the question: Can parents adequately provide for themselves and their children when they do not have the economic security provided by consistent living-wage employment?

Child Support Basics

Information for Financial Education and Asset Development Programs Posted on November 10, 2010

A variety of service providers, practitioners, and professionals will benefit from this basic guide to the child support system and the challenges it presents to low-income noncustodial parents. The paper includes definitions of common child support terms, explanation of the child support process, and a brief analysis of child support debt. This information will help service providers and parents better understand and navigate the system.