Report: More than $100 Billion in Unpaid Child Support in America
It’s no secret that there is a problem with delinquency in child support in this country. A 2012 study indicated that there was more than $100 billion in unpaid child support in America, and recent studies suggest that that figure is probably even higher now.
Additionally, nearly half of the money owed is to taxpayers, because of how much they have had to support children through public assistance. When child support payments are not made and children need public assistance, the government is supposed to be reimbursed.
However, the issue tends to be even worse for women, who are the primary custodians in 82 percent of child support cases. For lower-income mothers with custody of their children, child support payments represent approximately 45 percent of their income. But when you consider that only about 60 percent of the total money that people owe in child support gets paid every year, this means that it’s very likely that mothers who already are suffering from a lack of money are not getting the payments they need to provide for their children.
In fact, this is a major reason that 41 percent of all households with single mothers fall below the poverty line, twice the amount of households with single fathers and five times that amount for married parents.
Child support delinquency is certainly a problem in America, and finding a solution to that problem is not easy. If you have not been getting the payments owed to you and your children, there are steps you can take to enforce an order. Contact the skilled Long Island child support attorneys at Bryan L. Salamone & Associates to learn more about your options.