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Many custodial parents don't get full child support

Florida divorced parents who have custody of their children may be interested in a federal report, Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support. While some may believe that single parents get too much support, the statistics paint a different picture.

The most recent federal report, which was released by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2016, shows that almost half of the nation's 13.4 million single parents have some sort of child support agreement with their ex-spouses. Nearly 90 percent of these agreements are formal. Although noncustodial parents owed nearly $32 billion in support payments in 2013, custodial parents received only 68.5 percent of that amount. That is an average of $3,950 per year or $329 a month for which the custodial parent must pay for food, housing, education, clothing and medical expenses for the child.

Additionally, only about 45 percent of custodial parents received the full amount of child support due to them. About 29 percent of custodial parents received some of their child support while another 25 percent received none of the agreed-upon child support payments.

Divorce is usually hard on a family, especially for any kids who have to go through the process. Children could suffer even more when the custodial parent does not receive the full amount of support due to them. Such parents may not be able to pay essential expenses on the child's behalf. A divorced parent who is not receiving all due child support might want to contact a family law attorney for assistance in rectifying the situation. This attorney may be able to help with agreement modifications or ask the court to make the other parent meet their current obligations.

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