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Surprising fact about child support: moms less likely to pay

Many Georgians have heard the term "deadbeat" used to describe a father who doesn't pay child support. However, statistics show that this term should be used to describe women more than men. Surprisingly, noncustodial mothers are less likely to pay child support than noncustodial fathers. Read on to learn more about these statistics and the possible reasoning behind them.

Statistics from 2011 show that while 25 percent of custodial mothers received no child support at all, 32 percent of fathers with child custody received no money from the other parent. Of parents who received the full amount of child support, 43.6 percent of mothers fell into this category, while the numbers for fathers was a little less, at 41.4 percent. Fathers receive only 42 percent of the amount they are due, while the average mother receives 52 percent.

But these statistics aren't all bad. In fact, fathers who don't receive child support tend to have an annual income that is nearly $10,000 higher than men who do receive child support. But the news isn't so great for women - those who are entitled to child support but don't receive it earn an income more than $4,000 less than women who do receive it. What's more, women who don't receive their child support earn an average of $26,231 annually. Men, on the other hand, earn nearly twice as much, at just under $52,000.

There are factors to take into consideration, such as race, marital status, working status and poverty. In addition, some parents don't even have a legal agreement in place related to their child support arrangement. So while it may sound correct to call many mothers "deadbeat," the effects of not paying child support don't appear to be as negative for men than women.

Source: FiveThirtyEight, "Are Moms Less Likely Than Dads To Pay Child Support?," Mona Chalabi, Feb. 26, 2015

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