Certain commentators' feel that changes to the 1996 federal welfare
laws has resulted in many single mothers being placed in an untenable
situation. One study conducted by a pair of individuals at the Luxembourg
Income Study Center at the Graduate Center City University of New York
suggests that 63 percent of single mother families are in poverty.
There are many reasons for why this happens to be the case. A large number
of women are still not earning nearly enough money as single mothers to
fully support their children. In any event, one other important factor
may be the billions of dollars in uncollected
child support that occurs on a national level.
It is estimated that there was $14 billion in uncollected child support
in 2011. This number is so large that one commentator has proposed that
there be a Minimum Guaranteed Child Support policy put in place. This
would mean that single parents receive their child support payments even
in the event that the non-custodial parent refuses to pay.
Unfortunately, we cannot currently rely on governments alone to perform
this task. Family law attorneys can, however, assist in those circumstances
where child support payments are not being paid. Attorneys can arrange
for wage garnishment or contempt orders when a non-custodial parent remains
Not all parents understand that the purpose of child support concerns the
children. Child support payments are there to make sure a child's
physical, emotional and educational needs are met. The best interest of
the child is the primary concern regarding every family law matter where
children are involved.
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation, "What if All Single Parents Received Child Support?" Ed Yourdon, "Feb. 15, 2014