The author, Joseph I. Lieberman, attorney general of Connecticut, considers non-payment of child support to be "a national disgrace. There is no more widespread and profoundly consequential example of lawlessness in our society today than fathers' refusal to care for their children after divorce," he writes.
The statistics he provides are indeed disturbing: Of the 4 million women owed child support in 1981, 28% received none. Fewer than half received full payment. Nor does alimony provide an indirect answer. It is granted in only 15% of divorce cases, Lieberman says.
Having presented the problem as one that burdens society's welfare system as well as injures the wife and children, Lieberman then offers specific suggestions as to how women can minimize their chances of contributing to what is widely called "the feminization of poverty."
He provides valuable advice on topics ranging from choosing a lawyer to drafting a document that will expand to include increases in the cost of providing for the children.