Characteristics of Families Served by the Child Support (IV-D) Program: 2010 Census Survey Results

Research Report

Characteristics of Families Served by the Child Support (IV-D) Program: 2010 Census Survey Results

October 17, 2013

Abstract

This report uses the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau to describe custodial families served by the IV-D program, a federally mandated program that promotes parental responsibility and family self-sufficiency by providing families with child support services. According to the data, over 60 percent of custodial families participate in the IV-D program, approximately half of the families in the IV-D program had incomes below 150 percent of the poverty threshold, and custodial parents who are poor, never married, under the age of 30, and have limited education are much more likely to receive IV-D services than other custodial parents.

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