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Custodial Parents and Child Support Receipt

Story Behind the Numbers - Child Support Fact Sheet #2

Published: February 28, 2013
Information About:
State/Local Child Support Agencies, Tribal Child Support Agencies, Families
Topics:
Family Services & Referrals, Healthy Family Relationships
Types:
Guides/Publications/Reports, Outreach/Brochures, Promising Practices
Tags:
Child Support Fact Sheet, Story Behind the Numbers, Toolkit & Training

Three bar charts with kid imagesThis fact sheet focuses on data reported in a recent U.S. Census Bureau report, Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2009.  The data reported are estimated based on a biennial survey of custodial parents, the Child Support Supplement to the Current Population Survey, March/April 2010, co-sponsored by the Office of Child Support Enforcement.

While we have very detailed information on the IV-D caseload, there is no national source of information for total (IV-D and non-IV-D) child support recipients and total amount of child support received. We rely on nationally representative surveys such as this one to provide information on the total child support population. It is important to note that this survey includes both IV-D and non-IV-D families, but does not include households where children are living with someone other than their biological parent (e.g. aunt, uncle, grandparents).