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Those with child custody struggling to receive support payments

Once the final divorce decree has been issued, many may think that the most difficult part is behind them. Unfortunately, those parents who have been awarded child custody may now struggle to make ends meet, especially when the court-ordered support payments do not arrive on a regular basis. There may be many Colorado parents who are either not receiving these vital payments or are finding it difficult to send the money in a timely manner.

According to a recent U.S. Census Bureau report, more parents are attempting to raise their children without the financial assistance that is expected from the non-custodial parent. The report, which covered years spanning from 1993 to 2015, showed a decline in the percentage amounts that custodial parents are receiving. In addition, there has been an increase in the numbers of households who are not receiving any support payments at all.

An estimated 30 percent of families are not receiving any child support. This is an even more serious matter for households that are headed by women as an estimated 29.2 percent of them are at or below the poverty level. Of those households that fall below the established poverty line, less than 40 percent receive the full amount of these these vital payments. Households headed by single fathers are slightly better off as only approximately 16.7 percent are considered to be at or below the poverty line.

It was estimated that approximately $33.7 billion in child support payments was anticipated in 2015. While that figure may seem to be an enormous amount, it is an estimated $14 billion less than the figures reported in 2003. Colorado parents who are not receiving court-ordered payments for their children or who are struggling to resolve any other child custody issue may seek information regarding a possible modification from an experienced family law attorney.

Source: Bloomberg, "Less Than Half of U.S. Parents With Child Custody Get Funds", Vincent Del Guidice, Jan. 30, 2018

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