Building Debt While Doing Time: Child Support and Incarceration

Although judicial discretion in child support cases has narrowed with the adoption of mathematical guidelines to determine appropriate child support awards and their modification, judges continue to play an important role in determining the circumstances sufficient to justify revision of a child support order. This article explores the debate on how courts should treat child support obligations of incarcerated parents and summarizes findings from a number of research and demonstration projects with incarcerated and paroled parents by child support enforcement and criminal justice agencies.

Building Debt While Doing Time: Child Support and Incarceration