If you are a custodial parent, you likely have a number of different challenges to work through, such as stress that is related to court or some of the different pressures that come with raising children. However, if you are facing financial hardships because you are not receiving the child support that you are owed, you likely have even more hurdles to overcome.
Unfortunately, many parents do not receive the child support that they deserve, which also makes life hard for kids.
Taking a look at statistics on non-custodial payments and back child support
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, data from 2015 shows that most custodial parents did not receive child support payments in full. In fact, 43% of parents received all of the child support they were owed, while 69% received partial payments. Worse, many custodial parents who do not receive child support are living in poverty, which makes the impact of back child support even more damaging.
Taking a look at reasons for unpaid child support
There are various reasons why non-custodial parents fail to pay what they owe. In some instances, parents have a hard time staying current on their obligations because they lost their job or are facing financial problems, but others simply refuse to pay any child support. If your ex is refusing to pay child support or failing to pay what they owe for any other reason, you need to look into your options. Child support enforcement helps many parents get back on their feet and provide their children with the resources that they desperately need.