Welfare reform in the United States has shifted the role of welfare agencies from distributing money to collecting it—not from taxpayers but from divorced fathers. Despite the stereotype of the “deadbeat dad” as a wealthy playboy squiring around his new trophy wife in a bright red Porsche, federal officials have acknowledged that most unpaid child support is uncollectible because it is owed by fathers who are as poor as or poorer than the mothers and children.

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Other Independent Review articles by Stephen Baskerville
    Winter 2012   Sex and the Problem of Human Rights
    Spring 2004   Is There Really a Fatherhood Crisis?