Child support enforcement, joint legal custody, and parental involvement

Chien Chung Huang, Wen-Jui Han, Irwin Garfinkel

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    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 - Jan 1 2003

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    Child support enforcement, joint legal custody, and parental involvement. / Huang, Chien Chung; Han, Wen-Jui; Garfinkel, Irwin.

    In: Social Service Review, Vol. 77, No. 2, 01.01.2003, p. 255-278.

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    Huang, Chien Chung ; Han, Wen-Jui ; Garfinkel, Irwin. / Child support enforcement, joint legal custody, and parental involvement. In: Social Service Review. 2003 ; Vol. 77, No. 2. pp. 255-278.
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