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Child Support Statistics

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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.
References:
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].
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