Millennials in the Child Support Program

Each new generation in the United States shifts cultural and societal norms. The millennials, the most recent generation to reach adulthood, are no different. They are leading the way in adopting the latest technologies that are transforming our lives, but they are also delaying marriage, having fewer children, spending longer periods living with their parents, and accumulating large amounts of debt.1 The Great Recession contributed to some of these trends, but most have lasted beyond that time.

Now that the millennials (those born between 1981 and 1996) are on the cusp of surpassing Baby Boomers as the nation’s largest adult generation, it is time to examine their impact on the child support program.

To address this issue, this brief uses several data sources, including data from the national child support program’s Federal Case Registry and Debtor File, and survey data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Center for Health Statistics.


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