For divorcing parents with children, child support agreements are an important part of the divorce process. Support agreements determine how much money the non-custodial parent will pay to help cover expenses. Across the nation, child support payments average around $430 per month, according to a 2010 report from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Statistics from the Survey of Income and Program Participation show that more child support was collected in the state of Texas than in any other state in 2010. In addition, delinquent child support amounts are rising faster in Texas than in many other states. Although Texas can resort to docking wages and income tax refunds, the state lags in collecting overdue support and Texas parents owe close to $13.3 billion in current and back child support.
Nationally, about three of every four parents who pay child support have some type of court order requiring that they pay. Of these individuals, six of every 10 pay support for one child, three in every 10 support two children, and the remaining one in every 10 support three or more children.
Other interesting statistics from the survey show that only 15 percent of individuals required to pay child support are women, whereas 85 percent who pay child support are male. Females who are required to pay, average around $3,500 annually, males who pay average the greatest percentage of support. When going through a divorce, it’s important to have an experienced family law attorney on your side. Especially when children are involved, as results of the divorce proceedings are long lasting.
Source: ConnectAmarillo.com, “Child support national average, Texas lags,” Brandon Carpenter, June 20, 2012