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Monday, April 29, 2013

Infographic on Child Support

The amount of child support that goes unpaid each year is astonishing even though statistics show it is decreasing each year since 1993.  The number one reason payments are not made is that no explanation for the amount of funds necessary for the child and parent are established in court.

Some child support lawyers focus their attention on establishing the guidelines necessary for a reasonable child support plan.  Those guidelines are usually based on health and education needs as well as the income of the custodial parent.

You can see a great infographic on child support here.


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Great infographic! My husband practices family law in Vancouver and would love something like this. Show the statistics well but still interesting. Thanks for sharing!

Posted by: Holly James | Apr 30, 2013 10:00:02 AM

Soory, but the bottom-most infographic is more than a little hinky, particularly if you've read Tufte, etc. on data display.

First, it clearly states that at some point, about six or seven years before 1993, 0% of parents were receiving their ordered support, which clearly isn't the case.

Next, the graph is truncated at roughly 50%.

The over-all impression created by these two problems with the graph is of a VERY steep increase just before 1993, followed by a slower climb to nearly 90-100% over the following twelve years, approaching 100% asymptotically. In fact, the reality is an increase from 35%+ to 45%+, over twelve years, with NO data before or after.

My father demanded that even though I was becoming a lawyer, I have at least a little facility with numbers....

Posted by: Richard Gould-Saltman | May 6, 2013 5:13:05 PM

I agree with Holly - these statistics are just a little off.

Posted by: Tara | Jun 7, 2013 10:23:04 AM

I'll have to show this to my friend. He's a child support attorney in Tucson, and I think he'll find it more useful than I did. But it was still quite interesting!

Posted by: thiagodaluz7 | Jun 27, 2013 7:30:52 AM

I love this blog about child support lawyer. Thank you so much.

Posted by: Nancy Jorden | Oct 21, 2013 7:46:17 PM

These attorneys are very experienced in handling child support matters and are knowledgeable in determining not only guidelines child support but also in presenting to the court evidence supporting a variance from the guidelines based on the children’s needs and each parents’ ability to pay support.

Posted by: Joelle O’Reilly-Hyland | Jan 5, 2014 3:22:40 PM

these stats are depressing, what's wrong with men? Throwing cash at a problem doesn't make it okay, we need to be more willing to commit to our families!

Posted by: Customer Service Guru CSA | May 13, 2014 3:33:03 AM

It is so disheartening to learn how much child support goes unpaid each year. Even with court orders, things like that can slip through the cracks. Divorce lawyers can be very helpful in situations like this. Having an unbiased third party to negotiate can help to alleviate some of the stress and pain of divorces and subsequent arrangements like child support.

Posted by: Amelia Gillian | Jul 28, 2014 12:13:01 PM

I agree this post child support attorney are very experienced in handling child support matters and are knowledgeable in determining not only guidelines child support. Thanks for share.

Posted by: Child Support Attorney Ft Walton Beach | Jan 28, 2015 8:48:20 PM

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