Who Is at Risk of Contempt of Court for Child Support Noncompliance?

Characteristics of Parents Enrolled in the Procedural Justice-Informed Alternative to Contempt Demonstration

Publication Date: July 20, 2020

This 8-page brief  (PDF)is the third in a series developed primarily for child support practitioners and administrators that shares lessons learned as the six participating child support agencies implement the Procedural Justice-Informed Alternatives to Contempt (PJAC) model. It describes the characteristics of the noncustodial parents in the PJAC study sample and what case managers believe led them to the point of contempt for not paying their child support. The brief uses data from the PJAC management information system and child support administrative records for noncustodial parents enrolled through July 31, 2019 and qualitative data from interviews conducted with child support and court staff members in the spring of 2019.

For an overview of the PJAC demonstration see A New Response to Child Support Noncompliance: Introducing the Procedural Justice-Informed Alternatives to Contempt Project.


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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