Child support enforcement, joint legal custody, and parental involvement

Chien Chung Huang, Wen Jui Han, Irwin Garfinkel

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Abstract

This article uses the 1992-98 waves of the Current Population Survey-Child Support Supplement to examine whether state child support enforcement affects the likelihood of divorced parents choosing joint legal custody and whether such custody increases the involvement of nonresident parents. This involvement is measured by child support payment and visitation. We find that effective child support enforcement increases the probability of joint legal custody. Joint legal custody also increases the involvement of nonresident parents in their children's lives, although these effects diminish over time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-278
Number of pages24
JournalSocial Service Review
Volume77
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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