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Child support often needed, often unpaid after divorce

Being a parent is an expensive job for which most New York residents do not get paid. However, after divorce, some parents should receive child support from their ex-spouse in order to help meet the needs of the kids. Because this support can prove vital in ensuring the that children have their necessities, it can be difficult when the paying parent does not meet his or her obligations.

It was recently reported that a considerable number of parents who are in line to receive child support do not actually get that support. The information comes from the United States Census Bureau, which released information on the topic for 2015. The statistics showed that during that year, three out of 10 custodial parents did not receive any financial support due to them. This number was apparently the highest since 1993.

It was also reported that mothers seemed to face this hardship more often than fathers. Apparently, 29.2 percent of custodial mothers were at poverty level while 16.7 percent of custodial fathers were at this level. With over 1.5 million custodial parents generating incomes that fall below the poverty line, only 39.2 percent obtain the entirety of their child support payments.

Unfortunately, many parents struggle with receiving the child support owed to them. Even though their divorce settlements dictating the amount of support and schedule of payments is legally binding, many parents do not meet their obligations. If New York parents feel that they need to reassess their child support arrangements or take action to receive payment, they may wish to consult with knowledgeable family law attorneys.

Source: bloomberg.com, "Less Than Half of U.S. Parents With Child Custody Get Funds", Vincent Del Giudice, Jan. 30, 2018

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