Child Support Agreements:
According to Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2009, a report released by the U.S. Census Bureau in December, 2011:
- Among the 13.7 million custodial parents in the U.S. In 2009, 50.6% of them had some type of child support agreement in place.
- 90.0% of those child support agreements were formal agreements, established in court or through a government agency.
- 9.1% were informal child support agreements established between the two parents.
- In 2010, 26.8% of all custodial parents sought the government’s assistance collecting child support.
The Amount of Child Support Owed:
- $35.1 billion dollars in child support was owed during the year 2009.
- The average amount of child support due was $5,960 per year
- 60.9% of that money—an average of $3,630 per year—was received.
- In other words, on average, custodial parents who receive child support get about $300 per month.
Partial-Payment vs. Full Payment of Child Support Money:
- Among the 6.9 million custodial single parents who were awarded child support in 2009, only 41.2% received all of the child support money that was due (a decrease from 46.8% in 2007).
- 29.6% of custodial parents received some of the money that was due.
- 29.2% received none of the child support money due (an increase from 23.7% in 2007).
- 60.3% of custodial parents received some form of non-cash child support in 2009.
Additional Child Support Statistics:
- 54.9% of custodial single mothers were awarded child support in 2010.
- 30.4% of custodial single fathers were awarded child support during the same year.
United States. Census Department. Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2009. By Timothy S. Grall. Census, 2011. 05 Aug. 2012 [http://www.census.gov/prod/2011pubs/p60-240.pdf].