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Child Support Awards to Women

Legislatures have increased courts’ authority to attach the wages and property of delinquent parents, and many counties now have offices to enforce support orders. Thus, mothers don’t have to go to court each time that check doesn’t arrive. These agencies often collect directly from fathers, thereby eliminating the need for contact between parents over the money. The Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act (URESA), enacted in every state, at least in principle, has cut off one avenue of escape: moving to another state. States pledge to enforce one an other’s support orders. Also, state lottery winners sometimes find their winnings reduced to make up for back child support payments.