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Youth Indicators 1996 / Indicator 23


Indicator 23. Child Support


Women receiving court-ordered child support payments from absent fathers: 1978 to 1991

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                                 |      |       |      |      |      |      |
   Award and recipiency status   | 1978 | 1981  | 1983 | 1985 | 1987 | 1989 |1991\1\
            of women             |      |       |      |      |      |      |
---------------------------------|------|-------|------|------|------|------|--------

                                          Number, in thousands
    Total women with children
      from an absent father\2\ .. 7,094   8,387  8,690  8,808  9,415  9,955    9,918

Payments not awarded ............ 2,898   3,417  3,675  3,411  3,861  4,207    4,376
Payments awarded\3\.............. 4,196   4,969  5,015  5,396  5,554  5,748    5,542

  Supposed to receive payments .. 3,424   4,043  3,995  4,381  4,829  4,953    4,883
    Actually received payments .. 2,455   2,902  3,037  3,243  3,676  3,725    3,728
      Received full amount ...... 1,675   1,888  2,018  2,112  2,475  2,546    2,552
      Received partial amount ...   779   1,014  1,019  1,131  1,201  1,179    1,176
    Did not receive payments ....   969   1,140    958  1,138  1,153  1,228    1,156

                                        Percentage distribution

    Total women with children
      from an absent father\2\ .. 100.0   100.0  100.0  100.0  100.0  100.0    100.0

Payments not awarded ............  40.9    40.7   42.3   38.7   41.0   42.3     44.1
Payments awarded\3\..............  59.1    59.2   57.7   61.3   59.0   57.7     55.9

  Supposed to receive payments .. 100.0   100.0  100.0  100.0  100.0  100.0    100.0
    Actually received payments ..  71.7    71.8   76.0   74.0   76.1   75.2     76.3
      Received full amount ......  48.9    46.7   50.5   48.2   51.3   51.4     52.3
      Received partial amount ...  22.8    25.1   25.5   25.8   24.9   23.8     24.1
    Did not receive payments ....  28.3    28.2   24.0   26.0   23.9   24.8     23.7
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/1/ Survey questions may not be comparable to previous years.

/2/ Includes only women with own children under 21 years old.

/3/ Includes those supposed to receive payments over time and those receiving lump sum awards.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Current Population Reports, Series P-23, Support and Alimony, various years; Series P-60, Child Support and Alimony: 1989; and Child Support for Custodial Fathers and Mothers: 1991.

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