Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Some numbers

I found this in a comment on Glenn Sacks' blog and thought it bore repeating:

• 79.6% of custodial mothers receive a support award

• 29.9% of custodial fathers receive a support award.

• 46.9% of non-custodial mothers totally default on support.

• 26.9% of non-custodial fathers totally default on support.

• 20.0% of non-custodial mothers pay support at some level

• 61.0% of non-custodial fathers pay support at some level

• 66.2% of single custodial mothers work less than full time.

• 10.2% of single custodial fathers work less than full time.

• 7.0% of single custodial mothers work more than 44 hours weekly.

• 24.5% of single custodial fathers work more that 44 hours weekly.

• 46.2% of single custodial mothers receive public assistance.

• 20.8% of single custodial fathers receive public assistance. [1]

• 40% of mothers reported that they had interfered with the fathers
visitation to punish their ex-spouse. [2]

• 50% of mothers see no value in the fathers continued contact with his children. [3]

• 90.2% of fathers with joint custody pay the support due.

• 79.1% of fathers with visitation privileges pay the support due.

• 44.5% of fathers with no visitation pay the support due.

• 37.9% of fathers are denied any visitation.

• 66% of all support not paid by non-custodial fathers is due to the
inability to pay. [4]

1 Technical Analysis Paper No. 42 - U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services - Office of Income Security Policy
2 "Frequency of Visitation" by
Sanford Braver, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
3 "Surviving the Breakup" by Joan Berlin Kelly
4. 1988 Census "Child Support and Alimony: 1989 Series"
P-60, No. 173 p.6-7, and "U.S. General Accounting Office Report"
GAO/HRD-92-39FS January 1992

I believe the numbers apply to the US.

To this, I would add: 40% of non-custodial fathers lose all contact with their children within 2 years.


Day said...

Extremely enlightening.
Sad Really.
Hopefully the winds of change will blow sooner than later.

Heather said...

Obviously, I am limited here as to how much I can comment, but I wanted to let you know there are a few women in the world who value their children's fathers and not just for child support. I don't receive any myself, and my child visits her father every single weekend, and spends more time when her school schedule permits it. I am not compelled by a court order. We don't have one. I willingly allow her to have time with him so that she can grow up a balanced woman with a strong male role model. I sympathize with your situation and it's people like you who will help make a difference for the rest of the fathers out there who don't have a voice. Thank you for standing up for them.

Anonymous said...

As another disenfranchised father, I feel we have to change the views of organisations such as Oxfam, and people sych Councillor Antonia Bance who work for Oxfam who recently wrote on her blog: "the fathers’ rights movement are mainly misogynists."