Report of a survey of enforcement of pending paternity orders in the county of New York : conducted during the year 1944 in the Court of Special Sessions of the City of New York.

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Hackenburg, Frederick L.
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This 1945 report details reforms that should be implemented by the Court of Special Sessions in New York City to improve the enforcement of paternity orders. The author, a judge in the court, describes the lack of efficiency and fairness of court proceedings and proposes an individualized approach to cases involving illegitimacy. Emphasis is placed on practices that will enhance the well-being of the child and the family. Recommendations include the elimination of short prison terms for fathers who do not pay child support; the centralization of paternity cases among the five counties in New York City; the provision of treatment and support services for fathers to prepare them for employment; continuous monitoring to prevent the accumulation of arrears; and the establishment of a mechanism to compel mothers to share in the support of their children.

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