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Study shows not all families receiving child support owed

Some parents in Maryland who are raising a child may be entitled to receive regular child support payments from the other biological parent. However, due to a number of factors, these payments are not always made. Research conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau provides an interesting look into the state of child support payments.

Many families rely on the consistency of child support income for their continued livelihoods. According to the Bureau, nearly 25 percent of children lived with only one of their parents in 2014. Of that total, 82.5 percent of the parents were mothers. Support can be either cash or non-cash, but in either category, the Bureau found deficiencies that are of some concern.

For example, not even half of custodial families who could be entitled to receive cash support had agreements in place that would allow them to do so. Moreover, more than half of these families did not receive the amount of support that they were owed during the period the data covers. In terms of non-cash support, which can be food, diapers and other such items, less than 62 percent of custodial families actually received this type of assistance from the non-custodial parent at all.

Parents who are not receiving the amount of child support to which they are entitled may wish to have the assistance of a family law attorney in addressing the matter. The needs of children who are covered by support agreements can change since the date of the original order, and it is sometimes necessary to seek a modification to take this into account.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, "Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2013," Timothy Grall, Jan. 19, 2016

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