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National statistics concerning child support

As Texas residents know, parenting can be difficult. The process can be even more complicated when a single parent is the one taking care of the kids and covering most costs. That's why custodial parents have the right to seek child support from the other parent. However, the information revealed by collected data on child support might surprise many people.

According to a report using data collected in 2013 by the U.S. Census Bureau, child support is not as far-reaching as some politicians claim. In fact, just under half of the custodial parents in the U.S. have support orders, either issued in a court by a judge or informally created by the two parents. This means that with over 13 million custodial single parents, just around 6 million claim child support.

The amount of money received by custodial parents through child support is also concerning. The average amount of support owed during 2013 was $5,774. However, the average amount paid to custodial single parents during the same year was $3,950, or about $329 per month. This money is supposed to be used to help the custodial parent with basic child-rearing expenses, including paying for a place to live, food and clothing, medical costs and educational expenses. While only 45.6 percent of custodial parents with support orders awarded to them actually received full payments, just 22.4 percent of custodial parents asked for assistance to collect on the order.

Child support can be a valuable help to custodial single parents. If a parent chooses to pursue a support order, they might benefit from the guidance a lawyer with family law experience could offer. The lawyer can explain how the law works regarding child support, including how it is calculated and what to expect during the process.

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