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In addition to providing an annual summary report of the child support caseload, we also occasionally focus on a particular issue or subpopulation of the active IV-D caseload, including for example, incarcerated obligors, arrears cases, and others.

Reports are free of charge, and may be downloaded from this page.

Click here for Child Support Caseload Annual Updates.

Reasonable Child Support Orders: The Relationship between Income and Collections
(December 2014) ) Correne Saunders, Letitia Logan Passarella, & Catherine E. Born
  This report uses multivariate linear regression from a sample of 3,680 new child support orders to estimate the effect of high support orders relative to an obligor’s income—order-to-income ratio—on child support collections.

The Voluntary Paternity Acknowledgement Program: Trends over Time
(November 2014) Lauren A. Hall & Letitia Logan Passarella
  The goals of this project were to document the trends of in-hospital paternity acknowledgments among nonmarital births between 2000 and 2012 and to determine how many of these children with an affidavit of parentage had a child support case with the Maryland Child Support Enforcement Administration.

Imputed Income among Noncustodial Parents: Characteristics and Payment Outcomes
(June 2014) Letitia Logan Passarella & Catherine Born
  The practice of imputing income to full-time minimum wage for unemployed or under-employed noncustodial parents (NCPs) does little to ensure that NCPs have the ability to pay their child support obligations and often results in low payment compliance and debt. In Maryland, fewer than one in ten NCPs had income imputed for the determination of current support obligations. While it was not a common statewide practice, a few jurisdictions had rates of imputed income as high as 33%. Additionally, those with imputed income had lower employment participation, lower earnings, and paid a substantially smaller portion of their child support obligation, compared to those whose actual earned income was used for the determination of child support.

Who Pays Child Support in Baltimore City? Noncustodial Parents’ Payment Compliance
(June 2014) Letitia Logan Passarella, & Catherine Born
  This report provides a profile of payment compliance among noncustodial parents (NCPs) with cases in Baltimore City. One-third of these NCPs paid over 75% of their current support obligation; on the other hand, over one-third paid nothing during the one-year study period. Similar to the statewide findings, NCPs who paid the least also earned the least and were expected to pay more than 50% of their earnings toward their current support. Most NCPs with a case in Baltimore City, paid between 15% and 30% of their earnings toward their current support obligation.

Who Pays Child Support? Noncustodial Parents’ Payment Compliance
(May 2014) Lauren Hall, Letitia Logan Passarella & Catherine Born
  This report provides a profile of noncustodial parents (NCPs) based on the percentage of current support they paid during a one-year period. It is important to note that the majority of NCPs paid something toward their support. However, the difference in employment and earnings between those who paid a small percentage and those who paid most of their support has clear implications for NCPs’ ability to pay. Specifically, those who paid the least also earned the least, but were expected to pay more than 50% of their earnings toward their current support. Most NCPs, regardless of their actual earnings, only paid between 20% and 30% of their income toward child support.

The Intersection of Incarceration & Child support: A snapshot of Maryland’s Caseload
(July 2005) Pamela Caudill Ovwigho, Correne Saunders, Catherine E. Born
 The first in a series of studies on this topic, this report begins to provide information about the extent of the intersection or overlap between child support and incarceration in the state of Maryland.

Confronting Child Support Debt: A Baseline Profile of Maryland’s Arrears Caseload
(June 2008) Pamela Caudill Ovwigho, Correne Saunders, Catherine E. Born
  Today’s report is the first in a series of studies designed to provide, for the first time ever, a comprehensive, detailed exposition and data-driven understanding of the arrears phenomenon in Maryland.

Research Brief 01-04: Child Support Among Children in Former TANF Families
(August 2001)Shafali Srivastava, Pamela Caudill Ovwigho, Catherine E. Born
 This brief examines the role child support receipt may be able to play in enabling families to leave welfare, increase their incomes, and avoid recidivism or returns to welfare.






   
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