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The Potential of Child Support as an Income Source for Low-Income Families

By Paula Roberts

With the passage of the new welfare law and the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, low-income mothers, especially those in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, may benefit from increased child-support income becoming available to them. Programs to increase earning potential of low-income fathers, child-support assurance, changes in child-support distribution policies, and protections for victims of domestic violence would contribute to making child support a viable source of income.

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