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Procedural Justice-Informed Alternatives to Contempt (PJAC)

In September 2016, OCSE awarded Section 1115 grants for the PJAC project to 5 state child support agencies in Arizona, California, Michigan, Ohio, and Virginia, and awarded a grant to Georgia to manage the evaluation of the project.

The five-year demonstration project will allow grantees to examine whether incorporating procedural justice principles into child support business practices increases reliable child support payments. The goals are to increase reliable payments, reduce arrears, minimize the need for continued enforcement actions and sanctions, and reduce the inappropriate use of contempt.

Working Toward a Resolution

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PJAC case managers use principles of procedural justice to facilitate dialogue between parents.

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Who Is at Risk of Contempt?

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PJAC case managers describe the characteristics that led parents to the point of contempt.

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Top PJAC Resources

Last Reviewed: October 22, 2020

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