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More parents are getting the child support owed them, the U.S. Census Bureau reported recently.

• The proportion of custodial parents who received the full amount of owed child support increased from 37 percent in 1993 to 47 percent in 2005.

• Child support collections totaled $25 billion. The average amount of child support received in 2005 ($3,600) was 64 percent of the average amount due ($5,600).

• The proportion of custodial parents and their children living in poverty declined from 33 percent in 1993 to 23 percent in 2001.

• In the spring of 2006, an estimated 13.6 million parents had custody of 21.2 million children younger than 21 while the other parent lived elsewhere. The number of custodial parents has remained statistically unchanged since 1994.

• The age of custodial mothers has increased. In 2006, 38 percent of custodial mothers were 40 or older, compared with 25 percent in 1994.

• Thirty-nine percent of custodial mothers weren't awarded child support in 2005, compared to 40 percent of their 1994 peers.

• Sixty-four percent of custodial fathers weren't awarded child support in 2005, compared to 58 percent of their 1994 peers.

• In 2006, five of every six custodial parents were women.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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