Every state in the country, including Arizona, has laws in place to help meet the economic needs of children whose parents have separated. These child support laws were established to ensure that families are cared for, but these laws only work if they are followed. Unfortunately, when a parent neglects to pay child support, it is the children who suffer. Despite the stringent penalties for failing to pay child support, modern-day America has seen a rise in this upsetting trend.
According to a recent report, only about 44 percent of custodial parents receive the full amount of child support to which they are entitled. Tragically, about 30 percent of custodial parents receive nothing at all. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says that only about one in five children receive the monetary support they need.
They say about $10 billion of child support is going uncollected in the United States. Unfortunately, only about half of separated parents even have a custodial order detailing who will pay for the children, according to the National Parents Organization. The other half of these children may not have any rights at all under divorce laws in some states. Tragically, these missed payments take a toll. A recent Census report said custodial-mother families in America have a poverty rate of almost 30 percent.
These days, it takes two incomes to make ends meet. When child support is neglected, innocent children will suffer the consequences. Arizona parents who have questions about child support could benefit by seeking a legal representative. A knowledgeable attorney can answer any questions and help families through this experience.