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By the Numbers: Child Support in America

People pay billions of dollars’ worth of child support every year in the United States. Below are some data and statistics you might find interesting on this issue:

  • There are approximately 4 million single custodial parents living in the United States, about half of whom (48.7 percent) have an informal or legal child support agreement in place.
  • Nearly 90 percent of the existing child support arrangements in the United States were established in court or a government agency, while about 10 percent are informal agreements made by parents.
  • Only about 4 percent of all custodial parents request government assistance for collecting the child support owed to them.
  • There is approximately $33 to $35 billion in child support paid out during any given year.
  • An average person paying child support can expect to pay out about $5,774 per year, or a little less than $500 per month.
  • Only about 5 percent of the money owed for child support in any given year will actually be collected. On average, custodial single parents will receive about $330 per month in child support.
  • Some studies indicate about 3 percent of custodial single mothers receive child support, versus about 31.4 percent of custodial single fathers.
  • Only about 6 percent of parents receive the full amount of child support money due to them. This number fluctuates from year to year. About 25.9 percent will receive none of the money owed to them.

If you need to set up or enforce a child support agreement with your former partner, speak with an experienced Minnesota divorce lawyer at Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A.

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