Taking a look at child support statistics

From taking care of a child's medical needs to paying school costs, parents deal with a wide variety of financial matters related to their children. However, child support is especially challenging for custodial parents and non-custodial parents alike. In Salt Lake City, and across Utah, some parents struggle with an inability to pay the child support they owe, while others don't receive the support they are counting on and the consequences are damaging for both. Statistics provide an informative look at the issue and may help some parents who are facing problems related to child support.

According to the Administration for Children & Families, tribal and state child support programs took in $32 billion in child support during fiscal year 2014. Furthermore, 95 percent of the funds that were collected were disbursed to families, while five percent went toward public assistance reimbursement. Three-quarters of the funds that were taken in came from paycheck withholdings and almost one out of every four American children (16 million) were served over the course of fiscal year 2014.

The U.S. Census Bureau also published information related to child support. The Bureau reports that fathers accounted for roughly 18 percent of custodial parents and that a majority of custodial parents (58 percent) had only one child. Additionally, out of the $37.9 billion in child support that was due during 2011, parents were only reported to have received roughly 62 percent of the funds. Whether a parent can't afford to pay their child support or isn't receiving what they are owed, confronting the problem immediately is vital.

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