The picture for parents with young children who are owed child support is grim, and it is getting worse, according to a recent report by the US Census Bureau. The percentage of custodial parents getting full payment is dropping at an alarming rate. Fewer parents received child support in 2009 when compared to 2007 payment percentages. Only 41.2 percent of parents received the full amount of support due in 2009, compared with 46.9 percent in 2007. Hundreds of thousands of families could be looking at a hole in their household budgets when child support payments don’t arrive.
Child Support by the Numbers
The big numbers from the report, Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2009, showed that child support is just about an economy on its own. The amount of support owed in 2009 was $35.1 billion, of which only 61 percent was paid. The report centered on child support received by custodial parents from noncustodial parents, and included cash child support payments and non-cash support, such as gifts, clothing and health insurance.
Here are some highlights from the report:
• Based on 2010 numbers, 22.0 million children lived with 13.7 million custodial parents, while their non-custodial parent lived elsewhere-that’s about one-fourth of all children under 21 years old living with families
• Poverty levels in custodial parents’ families were up about 5 percent in 2009 compared to 2001 numbers, with 28.3 percent of custodial parents in poverty
• Child support is a key part of a custodial parent’s income, making up 20.8 percent of income for all custodial parents, and 62.6 percent of income for those living at poverty levels
• Chances for receiving all child support owed go up along with a custodial parent’s age, education level and employment
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