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Non-custodial moms may be worse at paying child support

Massachusetts parents may be interested to learn that of the $14.3 billion in unpaid child support in 2011, 32 percent of custodial fathers failed to receive any of the child support they had been awarded versus 25 percent of custodial mothers. The assertion, backed by information from the U.S. Census Bureau, suggests that common beliefs about child support and who does and does not pay may be in error.

According to a report, custodial mothers outnumber custodial fathers by a ratio of 5-to-1. It was suggested that the disparity between male and female child support payments may be explained by the fact that male-run households tend to have nearly double the available income of female-led households, meaning that fathers might be less likely, statistically, to pursue child support payments than mothers.

The head of the Child and Family Research program at the University of Texas at Austin offers a possible alternative explanation for the seemingly anomalous data. Because many fathers who receive custody do so because of the mother's personal circumstances, the mother may not be in a viable financial or social position to make child support payments regularly, if at all. In addition, the data indicates that couples who are married and then divorce are more likely to receive child support payments than those who conceive a child out of wedlock.

When considering how to allocate child support payments, state law usually controls. However, an attorney may need to consider the likelihood of a client receiving the payments agreed to in the divorce documents or mandated by the court. The attorney might also need to examine the need for enforcement of child support orders, depending upon both parties' conduct and ability to pay.

Source: NPR, "Who Fails To Pay Child Support? Moms, At A Higher Rate Than Dads," Rachel Martin, March 1, 2015

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