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Female-headed families receiving child support in United States

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Families headed by an unmarried woman (living with one or more of her own children under age 18) receiving child support payments during the previous calendar year.

"Own children" include never-married persons under age 18 who are the sons or daughters of the householder (head of household). The householder's stepchildren and adopted children are also counted as "own children." Families categorized as receiving child support include those receiving partial payment, as well as those receiving full payment. It also should be noted that there is no child support award in place in many of these families. Figures represent 3-year averages of data.

Data Source

Population Reference Bureau, analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (March supplement), 1990 through 2018.


Updated September 2018.

Last Updated

September 2019