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registry of "deadbeat" parents
The term probably refers to parents who do not pay court-ordered child support, and at least in the U.S., these are known as "deadbeat parents," or sometimes "deadbeat dads," as the mother is usually the custodial parent.
Here are some references:
National registry to track 'deadbeat' parents goes on line
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A new national registry aimed at helping keep track of the 16 million U.S. parents required to pay child support goes on line Thursday.
The Federal Case Registry is designed to help custodial parents who aren't receiving child support track down the non-custodial parents who owe the money.
Once the "deadbeat" parent is located, even in another state, officials can ask his or her employer to withhold child support from paychecks, which the employer is obligated to do under federal law.
The federal government also maintains a Federal Case Registry (FCR) where it collects national information about deadbeat parents. The states forward their information to the FCR on a daily basis.
There are lots of other references out there.
Hope it helps.
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