Using Principles of Procedural Justice to Engage Disconnected Parents

This research-to-practice brief describes the Procedural Justice-Informed Alternatives to Contempt (PJAC) demonstration project and its integration of procedural justice principles into enforcement practices in six child support agencies in Arizona, California, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, and Virginia. The premise of PJAC is that if defendants perceive the dispute resolution process to be fair, they will comply with the outcome of the process, regardless of whether the decision was favorable to the defendant. The target population of the PJAC demonstration project is noncustodial parents being referred for civil contempt of court-mandated child support even when these parents have been determined to be able to pay it. Implementation of PJAC addresses noncustodial parents’ perception of the court system proceedings and reasons for nonpayment, how to improve consistency of their payments, and ways to promote their positive engagement with the child support agency as well as the other parent.
Record Type: 
Research-To-Practice Brief
Publication Date: 
March, 2020
Date: 
March 2020
Source: 
Partner Resources
State: 
Arizona
California
Georgia
Michigan
Ohio
Virginia
Topics/Subtopics: 
  • Supportive Services
    • Child Support
  • Special Populations
    • Non-custodial Parents
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