Learning more about child support trends

Parents in Florida might want to learn more about some of the trends and principles observed from recent child support data by federal agencies and researchers. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, less than 49 percent of all parents are actually awarded child support. Records show that more than 53 percent of the mothers were awarded child support, while less than 29 percent of the custodial fathers were able to achieve the support.

During 2011, more than 18 percent of the custodial parents in the country were fathers. Data collected that year shows that more than 32 percent of the custodial fathers were unable to receive any support from the other parent, while the rate for custodial mothers not receiving any support was just over 25 percent. Statistics indicate that aside from gender, the marital status of each parent may also be a significant factor in determining the outcome of a child support case. More than 54 percent of divorced and married parents were awarded child support, while the rates for parents never married or separated were 41 percent and 44.3 percent, respectively.

Approximately 28 percent of the people younger than 21 years old have been raised in a household with one custodial parent and noncustodial parent living elsewhere. On average, mothers are awarded $4,800 per year, while fathers are typically awarded less than $4,200. Overall, the data suggests that noncustodial mothers are less likely to make cash child support payments, while custodial mothers may be twice as more likely to be living in poverty than custodial fathers.

People who need information about child support payments might benefit from contacting a family lawyer. Legal counsel may be able to help parents reach an agreement by acting as an intermediary during negotiations. Lawyers may be prepared to act on the best interests of the child, while safeguarding their client's other priorities as well.

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