Billions of Dollars in Child Support go Unpaid Yearly

December 17, 2017

Fewer than half of eligible parents are paid the full amount they are due, a Census Bureau report finds.

More than $14 billion in child support was left unpaid to American parents in a single year — more than 1 out of every 3 dollars that were due, the U.S. Census Bureau announced Wednesday.

Millions of parents are awarded child support every year, but getting it is another story. Fewer than half of eligible parents received all of the child support they were due in 2011, according to a newly released report based on the Current Population Survey. About a quarter got none.