Caseload

Child support is the single largest child-focused program in terms of number of children served and the amount of money that is distributed to them. The IV-D (or public) child support caseload is also more diverse than other social programs, and information about the characteristics of families and individuals served by the program is necessary in order to understand the context of data regarding federal performance measures and to think creatively about new approaches and initiatives. This report series provides an annual profile of the active IV-D caseload in Maryland, based on a random sample of cases in July of each year. We examine the characteristics of cases and people in the IV-D caseload, including paternity and support payments, and provide an analysis of the current issues affecting the caseload locally and nationally. We also periodically issue special reports that focus on a particular issue or subpopulation of the active IV-D caseload, including for example, incarcerated obligors, arrears cases, and others.

Reports are free of charge, and may be downloaded from this page.

Click here for Child Support Caseload Special Issues.

Jurisdictional Snapshots of Custodian- and State-owed Support
(September 2020) Letitia Logan Passarella

  These snapshots—for Maryland and each of its 24 jurisdictions—highlight the current and past-due support owed to custodians as well as to the state for the custodial families’ receipt of public cash benefits.

 

Maryland’s Child Support Caseload: Examining Custodian- and State-Owed Support
(August 2020) Letitia Logan Passarella

  This brief examines a sample of cases that were active in July 2019. It assesses the current support and arrears that were due and paid to custodians in the prior year as well as to the state for the receipt of public cash assistance benefits. Overall, we find that the majority of current support and most of past-due current support—arrears—is due to the custodian. Custodian-owed support and arrears are also more likely to be paid.


Custodian Snapshots 2018
(June 2019)

  These snapshots for Maryland and each of the 24 jurisdictions in the state provide demographic information about custodians, their employment, and the child support payments they received. Additionally, comparisons are made between custodians who had a history of benefit receipt in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.


Maryland’s Child Support Caseload: A Profile of Custodians, 2018
(May 2019) Natalie Demyan & Letitia Logan Passarella

Noncustodial Parent Snapshots: Examining Who Owed Support in July 2017
(September 2018) Natalie Demyan & Letitia Passarella

  These snapshots for Maryland and each of the 24 jurisdictions in the state provide demographic information about noncustodial parents, their employment, and their child support orders and payments. Additionally, comparisons are made between noncustodial parents earning full-time minimum wage or less and those earning a living wage.


MD’s Child Support Caseload: Examining Obligors Who Owed Support in July 2017
(July 2018) Letitia Logan Passarella

Maryland’s Child Support Caseload: Trends among Cases, 2010 to 2016
(March 2017) Elizabeth Gleason & Letitia Logan Passarella

Maryland’s Child Support Caseload: A Profile of Custodians, 2015
(December 2016) Lauren A. Hall & Letitia Logan Passarella

Maryland’s Child Support Caseload: Noncustodial Parents in 2010 & 2014
(December 2015) Elizabeth Gleason & Letitia Logan Passarella

Maryland’s Child Support Caseload: Trends among Cases, 2010 to 2014
(April 2015) Letitia Logan Passarella, Lisa Thiebaud Nicoli, and Lauren A. Hall

People & Payments: A Profile of Maryland’s Child Support Caseload in July 2012
(July 2014) Letitia Logan Passarella

A Profile of Anne Arundel County’s Child Support Caseload: 2010 to 2012
(July 2014) Lauren A. Hall & Letitia Passarella

A Profile of Baltimore City’s Child Support Caseload: 2010 to 2012
(July 2014) Lauren A. Hall & Letitia Passarella

A Profile of Baltimore County’s Child Support Caseload: 2010 to 2012
(July 2014) Lauren A. Hall & Letitia Passarella

A Profile of Montgomery County’s Child Support Caseload: 2010 to 2012
(July 2014)Lauren A. Hall & Letitia Passarella

A Profile of Prince George’s County’s Child Support Caseload: 2010 to 2012
(July 2014) Lauren A. Hall & Letitia Passarella

People & Payments: A Profile of Maryland's Child Support Caseload in July 2011
(November, 2013) Elizabeth Gleason, Letitia Logan Passarella, & Catherine E. Born

People & Payments: A Profile of Maryland's Child Support Caseload in July 2010
(November, 2013) Elizabeth Gleason, Letitia Logan Passarella, & Catherine E. Born

People & Payments: A Profile of Maryland's Child Support Caseload July 2009
(August, 2010) Nick Kolupanowich, Sarah Williamson, Correne Saunders, & Catherine E. Born

People & Payments: A Profile of Maryland's Child Support Caseload July 2008
(August, 2010) Sarah Williamson, Correne Saunders, & Catherine E. Born

People & Payments: A Profile of Maryland's Child Support Caseload July 2007
(August, 2010) Valerie Head, Sarah Williamson, Pamela Caudill Ovwigho, & Catherine E. Born

  The second, third, and fourth reports in a series providing valid, reliable data about the children, custodians, and noncustodial parentswho comprise the Maryland child support caseload and to produce regularly updated information about results achieved in critical areassuch as support collections and support arrears.


People & Payments: A Baseline Profile of Maryland's Child Support Caseload
(April, 2008) Pamela Caudill Ovwigho, Valerie Head, & Catherine E. Born

  The goal of this first report in a series is to provide valid, reliable data about the children, custodians, and noncustodial parentswho comprise the Maryland child support caseload and to produce regularly updated information about results achieved in critical areassuch as support collections and support arrears.