Missing child support payments tops $14 billion

Nov. 20, 2013 at 1:20 PM

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Fewer than half of the custodial parents in the United States receive full child support payments from their children's other parent, Census data show.

While about 74 percent of custodial parents receive some form of payment from their child's other parent, just 43 percent receive the full amount. The Census Bureau said the statistically most likely to receive full payment are families where the non-custodial parent has regular contact with his or her children, though even in that circumstance the full child support amount is paid only about half the time.

The report, based off statistics gathered in 2011, find that women are custodial parents more than 80 percent of the time. The total amount of child support payment not made tops $14 billion.

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