Millennials in the Child Support Program – Conclusion

This brief takes a closer look at millennial custodial and noncustodial parents. It shows that millennial custodial parents are less likely to marry than earlier generations, but their work force and poverty status are not significantly different than that of Generation X custodial parents when they were the same age. Nonetheless, 68% of millennial custodial parents in the child support program lived in poverty or near poverty in 2017, suggesting that this population could benefit from increased child support. On the other hand, it also shows that millennial noncustodial fathers are less likely to work and more likely to live in near poverty than Generation X noncustodial fathers when they were about the same age. Thus, the child support program is in the difficult position of facing a strong need to receive child support among millennial custodial parents while also facing what appears to be a weakening ability to pay child support among millennial noncustodial fathers.


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