Child support enforcement and fathers' contributions to their nonmarital children.
This paper analyzes how low-income fathers allocate their resources across complex parenting situations, and why some fathers provide no support at all to their non-custodial children. Data come from the Time, Love, and Cash among Couples with Children (TLC3) project, a longitudinal, qualitative study of 75 romantically involved parents who have just shared a birth. One possible explanation for the lack of support is that fathers have children across multiple households, and either do not have enough money to provide to all children or preferentially direct their resources to the newest child. We do not find this to be the case, as a more plausible explanation for the lack of support is the very low levels of paternal resources.