Author Kenya Rahmaan has spent thorough time examining the flaws of the American child support system and how it has developed into a tool of division. In her book, The Child Support Hustle, she goes into a detailed analysis of how the child support system has alienated fathers from their children while amassing profit for the state.
When children are born to unmarried parents, no matter what their race, color, or creed, without legal paternity establishment, the father has no legal rights to his children. States began rolling out the paternity establishment agenda when the reformation of welfare and child support occurred in 1994. The Clinton administration, along with bipartisan support, passed the most comprehensive welfare bill to date. These changes ramped up the already established child support system. Along with paternity establishment being at the forefront of the changes came the mandate that any mother receiving former Aid to Families and Dependent Children (AFDC), now Temporary and Dependent Children (AFDC), must cooperate with child support enforcement.
Several tactics have been implemented in an attempt to delete active fathers and create codependency between single mothers and the state. The Child Support Hustle is an amazing tool to inform co-parents of how to navigate through a system created to divide.