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Child support creates a divide for many custodial parents

31019964_S.jpgThe child support paid out to single parents may not be sufficient depending on the audience questioned. The U.S. Census Bureau provided a snapshot of child support statistics in a report called "Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support." Single parents in Missouri may be divided on the fairness of child support payments required of them.

The report states that there are 13.4 million single parents living in the United States. Approximately 48.7 percent of single parents have a child support agreement in place. Of all the child support agreements in place, only 10 percent of them have an informal agreement; 48 percent of single parents have a formal agreement in place. An estimated 22 percent of custodial parents require some sort of government assistance in enforcing a policy.

Parents are not receiving as much as they need. According to the report, many custodial parents are only receiving a fraction of what is due to them. Only 45.6 percent of people are receiving the full amount of child support they were awarded. Approximately, 28.5 percent receive some of the child support due while 26 percent don't receive any at all. An estimated 61.7 percent of parents receive non-monetary child support.

Women are more likely to receive child support than their male counterparts. An estimated 52.3 percent of single mothers were granted child support in 2013. Approximately 31.4 percent of custodial male parents were granted child support by a family court that year.

In a scenario where a divorce or child custody issue may need to be addressed, a family law attorney may be instrumental in creating a fair agreement for all involved parties. Family court matters like a postnuptial and prenuptial agreements may be settled with an experienced family attorney at the helm.

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