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Child Support




Child Support and Alimony: 1989


Table F.  Child Support Payments Due and Actually Received:  1978 to 1989

(Aggregates in billions of dollars.  In 1989 dollars using the CPI-U and
CPI-U-X1 1/)
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Characteristics          In 1989 dollars2/
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                             1989    1987r     1987     1985     1983
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Women due child support
payments:
--total thousands           4,953    4,840    4,829    4,381    3,995

Mean payments (dollars)1/:
--Due                      $3,292   $3,287   $3,293   $2,877   $3,139
--Received                  2,252    2,247    2,252    1,892    2,215
--Deficit                   1,040    1,039    1,041      986      925
 
Aggregate payments (in billions
of dollars):
--Child support due          16.3     15.9     15.9     12.6     12.5
--Child support received     11.2     10.9     10.9      8.3      8.8
--Aggregate child support
deficit                       5.1      5.0      5.0      4.3      3.7

Percent of aggregate due
actually received            68.7     68.6     68.6     65.9     70.4
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                                           Mean child support
Characteristic           In 1989 dollars2/ (Using CPI-U)
                         ------------------------------------
                             1981     1978     1981     1978
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Women due child support
payments:
--total thousands           4,043    3,424    4,043    3,424

Mean payments (dollars)1/:
--Due                      $3,382   $3,680   $3,352   $3,810
--Received                  2,080    2,370    2,063    2,454
--Deficit                   1,301    1,310    1,289    1,357
 
Aggregate payments (in billions
of dollars):
--Child support due          13.7     12.6     13.6     13.0
--Child support received      8.4      8.1      8.3      8.4
--Aggregate child support
deficit                       5.3      4.5      5.2      4.6

Percent of aggregate due
actually received            61.3     64.3     61.0     64.6
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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.


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