A Blueprint for Economic Security

Date: March 27, 2017
Author(s): Joy Moses

The Blueprint includes the following recommendations:

  • Remove or “stop out” noncustodial parents experiencing serious employment barriers from the child support system
  • States should have new reporting requirements to Congress by the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OSCE) that include: workforce information, penalties, enhancements and “stopped out” noncustodial parents
  • Develop an incentive structure that rewards states for their effectiveness in collecting support from noncustodial parents who have the ability to pay and include state and regional workforce data, use of penalties and data about active child support participants experiencing bouts of long-term unemployment
  • Changes to the process of modifying orders to quickly adapt to economic circumstances of child support participants
  • Remove employment services for noncustodial parents out of child support enforcement agencies
  • Expand access to high-quality parenting time services
  • State child support guidelines should spell out how they will consider and account for the needs of resident children.