By Nathan Arnold
Special to DadsDivorce.com
Dads continue to pay child support payments more often and in larger amounts than mothers, according to new statistics on child support providers and payments released by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Men account for 85% of those ordered to pay child support.
Even in the rare instance where the mother is ordered to pay child support, courts are not ordering women to pay as much as male providers. Annual child support payments averaged $5,450 from male providers and $3,500 from female providers, nearly 56% less.
Overall, child support payments averaged $5,150 annually, or $430 per month.
According to the report, 59% of the $41.7 billion ($24.4 billion) in total payments from support providers were for child support for children under 21, paid by 4.8 million parents. The remaining amount was support paid to children over 21, parents, and other adults not living in the provider's household.
Visit the U.S. Census Bureau website for complete child support statistics.