Taking the First Step: Using Behavioral Economics to Help Incarcerated Parents Apply for Child Support Order Modifications
Author: Caitlin Anzelone, Dan Cullinan, Jessica Wille, Mary Farrell
Topic: Financial behaviour/decisions
Publisher: OPRE - Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Location: United States
Format: Report
Content Type: Research
Publication Date: August 31, 2014
This report presents findings from a behavioural intervention designed to increase the number of incarcerated noncustodial parents in Texas who apply for modifications to reduce the amount of their child support orders. Incarcerated noncustodial parents have a limited ability to pay their child support orders each month, due to their incarceration, which can lead to the accumulation of significant child support debt. The Texas Office of the Attorney General’s (OAG’s) Child Support Division operates a program that contacts incarcerated noncustodial parents via mail, informs them of the option to apply for order modifications, and provides instructions on how to begin the process.
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