Child Support Facts

Child Support Facts

We’ve gathered some interesting facts about divorce and child support in the United States. We’d like to change them.

$13 Billion

$13 Billion

worldwide estimate of the child support management industry.

$990 Billion

$990 Billion

Total estimated child support exchanged between parents.

55 Million

55 Million

total number of parents in the US that live apart or in separate households.

 

39 million

39 million

Number of parents in the US that exchange child support and share child expenses.

1.7 Million

1.7 Million

Number of paternities performed by the Child Support Services departments in the United States in FY 2012.

80 days

80 days

Average number of days each parent will get back in their life if they are able to come to a mutual agreement on child support.

6 Million

6 Million

Between 1990 and 1998, the number of families in grandparent-headed households without either parent present increased by 53 percent, and the 2000 Census placed the total number of children living in a grandparent- or other relative-headed household at 6 million.

17.4%

17.4%

percentage of custodial parents who are fathers (82.6% of custodial parents are mothers)

50%

50%

of all the children born to married parents this year, 50% will experience the divorce of their parents before they reach their 18th birthday.

$5.8 Billion

$5.8 Billion

total taxpayer dollars, in Fiscal Year 2011, spent every year on child support enforcement administrative expenses.

1.3 Million

1.3 Million

number of new child support cases in the United States every year. This number is expected to reach 2.5 – 3.0 million as the United States economy recovers.

298 Million

298 Million

estimated number of parents living apart globally.

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