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Child Support




Child Support and Alimony: 1989


Table E.  Mean Child Support Payments Received, by Selected Characteristics of Women

(Numbers in thousands.  Women 15 years and over as of April 1990.  Women 15 years
and over as of April 1988r.  Women 18 years and over as of April of the following
year for previous years.  In 1989 dollars using the CPI-U-X1 and CPI-U)
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Characteristic           Mean child support payments 2/
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                             1989    1987r     1987     1985     1983
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     All Women              2,995    2,952    2,958    2,553    2,914

Current marital status 3/:
--Married 4/                2,931    2,773    2,773    2,266    2,694
--Divorced                  3,322    3,354    3,354    2,925    3,101
--Separated                 3,060    2,986    2,996    2,399    3,339
--Never married             1,888    1,754    1,781    1,322    1,409

Race and Hispanic origin:
--White                     3,132    3,218    3,220    2,644    3,081
--Black                     2,263    1,625    1,641    2,021    1,824
--Hispanic origin 5/        2,965    2,869    2,869    2,318    2,290

Age:
--Less than 18 years          (B)      (B)     (NA)     (NA)     (NA)
--18 to 29 years            1,981    2,124    2,124    1,691    2,145
--30 to 39 years            3,032    2,993    2,993    2,762    2,933
--40 years and over         3,903    3,661    3,661    2,941    3,695

Years of school completed:
--Less than 12 years        1,754    2,019    2,043    2,115    1,911
--High school:  4 years     2,698    2,749    2,749    2,351    2,688
--College:  1 to 3 years    3,338    3,002    3,002    2,820    2,903
         4 years or more    4,850    4,705    4,705    3,432    5,127

Number of Own Children Present
from an absent father:
--One child                 2,425    2,443    2,453    1,935    2,215
--Two children              3,527    3,536    3,536    2,993    3,464
--Three children            4,509    3,676    3,676    3,227    3,664
--Four children or more     3,226    2,312    2,312    4,309    4,613
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                         Mean child supportMean child support
Characteristic           payments 2/       (Using CPI-U)
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                             1981     1978     1981     1978
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     All Women               2898     3305     2873     3421

Current marital status 3/:
--Married 4/                 2627     2943     2604     3047
--Divorced                   3055     3584     3028     3710
--Separated                  3267     3501     3238     3625
--Never married              1397     1793     1385     1856

Race and Hispanic origin:
--White                      3000     3419     2974     3539
--Black                      2257     2377     2237     2461
--Hispanic origin 5/         2846     2421     2821     2507

Age:
--Less than 18 years         (NA)     (NA)     (NA)     (NA)
--18 to 29 years             2041     2361     2023     2444
--30 to 39 years             3070     3448     3043     3570
--40 years and over          3419     4108     3389     4253

Years of school completed:
--Less than 12 years         2308     2761     2288     2858
--High school:  4 years      2627     3057     2604     3165
--College:  1 to 3 years     3178     3838     3150     3973
         4 years or more     4251     4729     4214     4895

Number of Own Children Present
from an absent father:
--One child                  2235     2366     2215     2450
--Two children               3154     3665     3127     3794
--Three children             3849     4644     3815     4808
--Four children or more      4330     5056     4292     5234
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r  Revised.
1/ For a discussion of the CPI-U-X1 and CPI-U, see Appendix B of Current
Population Reports, Series P60, No. 173, "Child Support and Alimony: 1989"
2/ Based on the CPI-U for 1983-1989 and CPI-U-X1 for 1978 and 1981.
3/ Excludes a small number of currently widowed women whose previous marriage
ended in divorce.
4/ Remarried women whose previous marriage ended in divorce.
5/ Women of Hispanic origin may be of any race.


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Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Housing and Household Economic Statistics Division
Last Revised: October 31, 2011