A little-known report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) provides an in-depth look at child support arrangements in New York and the United States – and its numbers shed surprising new light on some of the biggest child support myths.
Nationwide, says the Congressional Research Service:
- 4 million parents have physical custody of their children while the other parent lives somewhere else.
- Although 1 million families have a child support agreement, only 2.1 million actually received any payments in 2011. This means five million children went without the support of their non-custodial parent, despite the parents’ agreement to contribute to their needs.
- $23.6 billion was paid out nationwide in child support payments in 2011 alone,
- 82 percent of parents who have custody are mothers.
- On average, families with child support agreements receive about $4,700 each year. On average, a child in the U.S. costs $13,450 per year to raise, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In other words, in the average family, the parent paying child support is still failing to contribute to half the financial cost of raising the child.
Because every family’s circumstances are unique, it is important to work with an experienced attorney when tackling child custody and support questions. Your attorney’s guidance can help ensure your children’s needs are met in a way both parents can sustain.
At the Law Offices of Paul A. Boronow, PC, our Long Island child support and custody attorneys dedicate our experience to helping you build the best future for yourself and your children following a divorce. Contact us today to learn more.