Child support glass nearly half full

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that “Nearly Half of Parents Get Full Amount of Child Support.” But the news media were not fooled, duly reporting that, “Less than half get all child support owed, or even that “Most Child-Support Payers Stiff Their Kids.” Despite the gratuitous subhead, “Problem Intensifying,” this problem appears to buck the universal trend of things getting worse.

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Source: My chart from Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2007.

More important than the overall trend is the reality that child support payments are most likely to be paid to custodial parents who are better off. It’s hard to categorize them by income, since the child support is part of the income, but the education pattern shows this well:

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Source: My chart from Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2007.

It takes money to make money, or, when it rains, it pours – into your not-quite-half-full glass.

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One response to “Child support glass nearly half full

  1. momto3ofherown

    interesting….

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