- The Government is working on the idea that, by making "child support enforcement" so bad, that it will deter out-of-wedlock births. Which is WRONG!
- Because the idea is so WRONG, the rise in unwed births each year is greater and GREATER. Essentially destroying lives.
From the report:
Child Support Obligation as a Deterrent
The Child Support Enforcement (CSE) program was enacted in 1975 as a
federal-state program (Title IV-D of the Social Security Act) to help strengthen
families by securing financial support for children from their noncustodial parent on a consistent and continuing basis and by helping some families to remain
self-sufficient and off public assistance by providing the requisite CSE services.
Over the years, CSE has evolved into a multifaceted program. Although
cost-recovery still remains an important function of the program, its other aspects
include service delivery and promotion of self-sufficiency and parental responsibility.
- Child support is paid until the child is age 18 (the age limit is higher is some states).
- Past-due child support (i.e., child support arrearages) are still owed even though the child has reached age 18 — in some states for an additional five to seven years, in some states to age 30.
Although P.L. 104-193 seeks to reduce pregnancies, birth data, and not pregnancy data, have become the indicator because birth data are more current and reliable.
The CSE program contains numerous measures to establish and enforce child
support obligations. Because strict child support enforcement is thought to deter nonmarital childbearing, the child support provisions are seen by some in Congress as another method of attempting to reduce nonmarital pregnancies. Child support enforcement measures include streamlined efforts to name the father in every case, employer reporting of new hires (to locate noncustodial parents quicker), uniform interstate child support laws, computerized statewide collections to expedite payment, and stringent penalties, such as the revocation of a drivers’ license and the seizure of bank accounts, in cases in which noncustodial parents owe past-due child support.
FALSE IDEA -> According to social science research, stronger child support enforcement may increase the cost of children for men and should make men more reluctant to have children outside of marriage.
In other words, by raising the cost of fatherhood to unmarried men, effective paternity establishment and child support enforcement deter nonmarital births.170 In contrast, stronger child support enforcement may reduce the
cost of children for women (making them more willing to have children outside of
Another LIE -> However, according to recent evidence, once a single woman becomes a mother, her chances of marrying anyone other than the father of her child are greatly reduced.172