January 2022 | Grall, Timothy, and Liza C. Valle

The Regular Receipt of Child Support: 2017

The results of the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2018 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) tell a story about the receipt of child support in 2017. Specifically, this report analyzes the data on who received support, the amount received, and the frequency of receipt. Findings include: one-quarter of parents with children under the age of 21 who have a nonresident parent received support, the receipt of support is more likely if the parents have an agreement, about two-thirds of the parents received payment regularly, parents who weren’t married or with a higher level of education were more likely to receive support, and the median annual amount of support was $3,328.

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