Westchester County, N.Y., is using debt forgiveness as an incentive for finding employment and paying child support. Will it work?
Officials in Westchester County, N.Y., want to help low-income fathers who are behind in their child support payments.
"These guys aren’t deadbeats," says Kevin McGuire, the county's social services commissioner. "They’re dead broke."
In a 2006 study of nine states, 70 percent of late child support payments were owed by parents who made no more than $10,000 a year. For these parents, the average child support obligation equaled about 83 percent of their reported income, according to the Urban Institute.