A New Response to Child Support Noncompliance

Introducing the Procedural Justice-Informed Alternatives to Contempt Project

Publication Date: June 13, 2019

This 9-page brief (PDF) provides an introduction to OCSE’s Procedural Justice-Informed Alternatives to Contempt (PJAC) demonstration project. Through the PJAC project, OCSE seeks to increase parents’ compliance with child support orders by increasing trust and confidence in the child support agency and its processes.

The PJAC model integrates procedural justice principles into child support enforcement business practices. Procedural justice is the idea that an individual’s perception of fairness during a process, and how they were treated, has a stronger impact on their compliance than their perception of fairness of the outcome.

This brief provides background on the current child support contempt process, procedural justice, and the PJAC demonstration, including components such as the research study and services model. It also describes additional planned publications about PJAC.


This brief is not an OCSE publication. MDRC produced this brief under contract to the State of Georgia’s Division of Child Support Services in the Department of Human Services, with funds from the PJAC evaluation grant awarded by OCSE to the state. This brief is in the public domain. Permission to reproduce is not necessary.

The views expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of OCSE, the Administration for Children and Families, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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