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Child support, custodial parents and poverty

For many families, the divorce process is very tough from a financial viewpoint. Sometimes, financial hardships arise after a couple ends their marriage, placing a great deal of strain on custodial-parent families.

Child support can help some custodial parents who are impoverished, but many do not receive what they are owed or the payments are not enough.

How many custodial parents live in poverty?

Data that was recently published by the U.S. Census Bureau sheds light on the number of custodial parents and children living in poverty, as well as other crucial child support statistics. According to the Census Bureau, roughly 30 percent of children under 21 during 2018 who had a parent living outside of their home were in poverty.

For custodial parents in this position, daily life is often incredibly difficult and many do not receive the child support that they are owed. In fact, the Census Bureau reports that only 45 percent of custodial parents received child support payments in full during 2017. However, many custodial parents receive other forms of non-cash support from their child’s other parent.

How can custodial and non-custodial parents help children living in poverty?

According to statistics, custodial parents with kids under 21 are more likely to live in poverty than all other families with kids who are under 21. As a result, it is crucial for custodial and non-custodial parents who have children living in poverty (or facing the risk of becoming impoverished) to focus on helping children. Sometimes, custodial parents pursue child support enforcement to receive the funds they need. On the other hand, non-custodial parents need to do their best to pay what they owe and provide their kids with financial assistance.