When Florida parents go through a divorce, the parent who does not have primary physical custody may be required by the court to pay a certain amount in child support. While these payments are a way for the noncustodial parent to be able to assist with the tangible costs of raising a child, there are many who believe that custodial parents receive too much.
The U.S. Census Bureau releases a report about the status of child support throughout the nation every few years. This report is called Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support. It focuses on how many single parents there are in the nation who have a child support order from the court. The amount of child support that is owed and the amount of support that was actually received by the single parents is also reported.
According to the latest report, which is from January 2016, there are about 13.4 million single parents across the nation. Less than half of them actually have a child support agreement in place. Of these, 89.9 percent are court-mandated. The average amount of support that noncustodial parents owed to custodial parents was $5,774 for the year, amounting to less than $500 per month. However, only about 68.5 percent of the money owed was actually received, meaning custodial parents received an average of $329 per month to help with the costs of raising the children.
Between school, medical and basic housing expenses, in addition to food and clothing costs, raising a child can be expensive. While there are many noncustodial parents who work hard to make their monthly payments, there are some parents who attempt to avoid making the payments without seeking modifications. In these cases, a family law attorney may help the custodial parent go back to court and request assistance with obtaining the child support that was owed.