For custodial parents and non-custodial parents alike, back child support creates various problems. Financial hardships are often involved and non-custodial parents who fall behind face serious penalties, such as the loss of passport privileges, time behind bars and intercepted tax refunds. It is important for parents to understand how widespread child support delinquency is and take steps to resolve these problems before they spiral out of control.
Custodial and non-custodial parents who owe child support do not need to feel alone. However, promptly reviewing one’s legal options is vital.
Child support payment statistics
According to data that was published by the United States Census Bureau, 43 percent of custodial parents said that they received the full amount of child support that they were owed, based on information from 2015. This report also states that during 2015, 69 percent of custodial parents at least a portion of the child support that they were owed. Clearly, many parents do not receive all of the child support that they are supposed to receive and some receive none at all.
Child support and legal options
There are different ways for parents to handle problems related to child support. For example, custodial parents who are not receiving what they are owed can look into child support enforcement. On the other hand, some non-custodial parents are able to modify their child support order in order to reduce the payments and stay current. Those who fall behind often benefit from evaluating their financial circumstances and creating a payment plan. These issues are often very challenging, but parents need to remain positive.