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This Comment examines the crisis of child support in America. Throughout, statistics and facts are provided to demonstrate the gravity of the problem, the ensuing drain on national resources, and why corrective steps must be taken. First, the Comment explains the causes and scope of the problem, focusing on the crux of the dilemma: single mothers with inadequate incomes raising children while receiving no support from absent fathers. Next, it explores the history of the child support obligation, tracing legislative attempts to coerce payment. The Comment then explains the currently available remedies, how they are applied, and why they are inadequate. The Comment analyzes studies done by public and private groups and the resulting recommendations for reform of the system, closing with a look at proposed legislation currently before Congress.

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