The person-level variables A_SEX and A_MARITL were drawn from the March survey to determine the gender and marital status of the custodial parent. A_MARITL was then slightly modified, condensing different classifications of currently married custodial parents. This new variable, MARITAL, produced the five categories of marital status used in this piece. These two demographic characteristics of the child support-eligible, IV-D, and non IV-D populations are shown in Tables 5 and 6.
Another demographic variable used was the residence of the noncustodial parent relative to the custodial parent. In question PES601 of the April supplement, the custodial parent is asked if the noncustodial parent lives in a different state. The respondent's answer to this question was used to determine his/her classification in one of the two categories in Table 7.