Austin, TX -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/30/2014 -- With divorce and population rates on the rise, the US has also seen a significant rise in the number of children living with one parent and not the other. Thus the amount of parents receiving support (monetary and non-monetary) has also significantly increased. Here is a breakdown of the current state of custodial parents in the US and some of the factors that influence the amount of child support received by a custodial parent.
As of 2009, an estimated 13.7 million parents had custody of 22 million children under
21 years of age while the other parent lived somewhere else. Of these custodial situations, about 50.6 percent of all custodial parents had either legal or informal child support agreements with the non-custodial parent to ensure some type of support was received. The majority (82.2%) of parents receiving support were mothers.
The amount of support due in 2009 totaled $35.1 billion averaging about $3630 per custodial parent. This amount varies based upon several factors including the custodial parent’s economic level, education level, and current job status. In all, only 28.3% of custodial parents in 2009 had incomes below poverty but of those, child support accounted for 62.2% of their average income.
Unfortunately, the reports also show that there were a significant amount (29.2%) of custodial parents that did not receive support at all. This may be due to several reasons including: the other parent cannot provide what the agreement asks, the custodial parents did not feel the need to make the agreement legal, or the other parent has joint-custody. However, of the 6.9 million parents who did choose to make their child support agreement legal, a whopping 85.3% received full payment in 2009.
For more information on child custody and child support after a separation or divorce, please consult the family law attorneys at Zinda & Davis, PLLC.
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