So to recap, only half of these people get their full child support payment every month. But 70 percent get something. That means about 30 percent of noncustodial parents aren’t paying their whole child support, while about half of people pay the whole thing they’re supposed to.
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People that are required to pay court-ordered child support will always pay something, as long as they have a job. There are multiple systems in place that will quickly garnish wages, seize tax rebates and other government payments, and attach bank accounts whenever a parent is behind on child support payments regardless of amount and lateness. So it’s not surprising at all that most custodial parents at least get some payments.

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