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Child Support Caseloads and Demographics: publications include summaries of caseload and demographics from U.S. Census data, Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement data, and other large databases.

Financial Support and Ability to Pay: Publications on parents’ ability to contribute financially to their children’s well-being. This includes materials regarding earnings, factors associated to support payment or nonpayment, parent work programs, impacts of large arrearages, and other related topics.

Parental Engagement and Emotional Support: Publications on parents’ ability to contribute to their children’s emotional and psychological well-being. This includes materials regarding custody, parenting time, healthy parenting, benefits of fatherhood, two-parent cooperation, and other related topics

Intersection of Child Support with Other Family-Focused Programs: Publications provide insight into how local, state and/or federal program impact family well-being and outcomes.

Child Support Operations and Program Administration: Publications pertain to child support operations and the administration of the child support program. This includes publications on performance and program outcome measures.

Child Support Guidelines:  reports from state child support guidelines reviews.

Other Websites with Additional and Related Research: Links to websites with research relevant to child support.