Why aren’t parents of kids on food stamps paying their child support?
Millions of single-parent families trying to rise out of welfare dependency are being held back by a burden that too few people are talking about: unpaid child support.
The likelihood of whether a family headed by a single parent lives in poverty is heavily dependent on whether the other parent pays child support. One in three single-parent families who receive no child support are in poverty, but only one in five families live in poverty when a noncustodial parent makes their court-ordered child support payments in full. Nearly half of the families that don’t receive any child support are dependent on at least one form of welfare.