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Child Support

Many children in the United States have a parent who lives outside their household. Child support can be an important income source for these children and their custodial parents who receive these payments, as well as a substantial proportion of the income or wealth of the parents who pay the support.

The Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey (CPS) Child Support Supplement (CSS) collects detailed information about child support agreements and awards, including both required payments and amounts actually received, as well as data about the socioeconomic characteristics of custodial parents and their families. Additional data about child support amounts paid and received are also collected in the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP).

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Living Arrangements of Children: 2019
This report examines the living arrangements of children using data from the 2008 and 2018 ACS, 2007 and 2019 CPS ASEC and 2014 SIPP.


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The Regular Receipt of Child Support: 2017
This brief discusses the financial child support received by parents who care for children whose other parent or parents live outside the household.


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Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2017
This report uses the 1994-2018 Current Population Survey Child Support Supplements to examine characteristics of custodial parents and their children.


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Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2015
This report focuses on the child support income that custodial parents reported receiving from noncustodial parents living elsewhere and other types of support.


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Support Providers: 2013
This report uses the 2014 Survey of Income and Program Participation to examine support payments people make to others living outside their household.


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Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2013
This report focuses on the child support income that custodial parents reported receiving from noncustodial parents living elsewhere and other types of support.


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Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2011
This report focuses on the child support income that custodial parents reported receiving from noncustodial parents living elsewhere and other types of support.


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Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2009
This report focuses on the child support income that custodial parents reported receiving from noncustodial parents living elsewhere and other types of support.


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Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2007
This report focuses on the child support income that custodial parents reported receiving from noncustodial parents living elsewhere and other types of support.


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Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2005
This report focuses on the child support income that custodial parents reported receiving from noncustodial parents living elsewhere.


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Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2003
This report focuses on the child support income that custodial parents reported receiving from noncustodial parents living in other households.


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Support Providers: 2002
This report looks at monetary support provided for people living in other households, particularly children under 21.


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Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Suport: 2001
This report presents data on parents with children whose other parent is not living with the family.


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Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 1999
In the spring of 2000, an estimated 13.5 million parents had custody of 21.7 million children under 21 years of age whose other parent lived somewhere else.


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Child Support for Custodial Mothers and Fathers: 1997
This report presents data on parents with children whose other parent is not living with the family.


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Child Support for Custodial Mothers and Fathers: 1995
This report presents data on parents who have custody of children whose other parent is absent from the home.


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How We're Changing; Demographic State of the Nation: 1997
This report provides a two-color illustrated overview giving data on selected topics.


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How We're Changing, The Demographic State of the Nation: 1996
This report provides a two-color illustrated overview giving data on selected topics.


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Child Support for Custodial Mothers and Fathers: 1991
This report provides information on the receipt of child support payments in 1991 by parents living with their own children whose other parents are absent.


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Who Receives Child Support?
This brief looks at mothers who receive child support and for the first time, we also present information on fathers who receive it.


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Households, Families, and Children: A 30-Year Perspective
This report briefly analyzes long-term demographic, social, and economic trends for households, families, and children.


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Who’s Supporting the Kids?
This brief examines the characteristics of women receiving child support payments, the amount they received, & visitation rights & residence of absent fathers.


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Child Support and Alimony: 1989
This report presents data on child support for women with children under age 21 whose father was absent from the household and on alimony and other settlements.


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Child Support and Alimony: 1987
This report presents information on child support for women with children present and alimony or maintenance payments agreed to or awarded to women.


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Child Support and Alimony: 1985 (Supplemental Report)
This report presents information on child support for women with children present and alimony or maintenance payments agreed to or awarded to women.


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Child Support and Alimony: 1985 (Advance Report)
This report covers data on the receipt by women of support payments following divorce & separation and of support payments for children of never-married women.


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Child Support and Alimony: 1983 (Supplemental Report)
This report presents information on both the award and actual receipt of child support to women on behalf of their children & on alimony for their own support.


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Child Support and Alimony: 1983
This report presents information on the receipt by women of support payments following divorce and separation.


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Child Support and Alimony: 1981
This report presents information on child support for women with children present and alimony or maintenance payments agreed to or awarded to women.


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Child Support and Alimony: 1981 (Advance Report)
This report presents information on child support for women with children present and alimony or maintenance payments agreed to or awarded to women.


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Child Support and Alimony: 1978
This report presents information on child support for women with children present and alimony or maintenance payments.


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Child Support and Alimony: 1978 (Advance Report)
This report presents information on child support for women with children present and alimony or maintenance payments.


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Divorce, Child Custody, and Child Support
This report provides statistics on divorce and changes in living arrangements of children, in particular, the children of divorced parents

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Page Last Revised - July 5, 2022
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