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$14 Billion Owed in Child Support per Census Bureau Report

A new report by the U.S. Census Bureau reveals that in 2011, more than $14 billion that is owed to custodial parents for child support has not been paid.

The report, titled "Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2011", was recently issued by the bureau, and the information provided shows that only $14.4 million of the more than $37.9 billion owed in child support was actually paid. This report also includes information about health insurance and other assistance not in the form of cash.

The report looked at how visitation affected whether or not child support was paid. In almost half of the cases where the non-custodial parent had full visitation with the child, the money was paid. When the child did not have contact with the non-custodial parent, only 30 percent of those cases paid child support.

There were over 23 million children under the age of 21 where one parent had custody and over 80 percent of custodial parents were mothers.

The results of the report indicate that the more contact a child has with their non-custodial parent, the better the chances are that parent will pay their child support obligation. Other factors which tended to have a positive influence on whether child support was paid were if the custodial parent had a minimum of a bachelor's degree, were divorced, and if they were over forty years old.

Factors that seemed to have a negative impact on whether the non-custodial parent paid their support included being under 30 years old, never married and having less than a high-school diploma.

The report also revealed that only 25 percent of custodial parents had been in contact with a child support enforcement agency, compared to 42 percent in 1994.

If you are a custodial parent who is not receiving court-ordered child support, contact an experienced Chicago family law attorney today to find out what we can do to make sure you and your child get the money you deserve.

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