According to the U.S. Census Bureau, only 43.5 percent of those who were owed child support received the full amount in 2015. Furthermore, roughly 30 percent of custodial parents in Illinois and other states who were owed support received nothing at all in 2015. There was a total of $33.7 billion in child support owed in 2015.

Failure to receive full payment may have a significant impact on a parents and children as 1.6 million custodial parents that were owed support were under the poverty line. Overall, mothers with custody of their children were more likely to face poverty. They had a poverty rate of 29.2 percent compared to 16.7 percent for fathers who had custody of their children.

As a general rule, parents are both expected to help support their children after a divorce. This may be true even if a parent is otherwise stripped of his or her right to visit or contact a child. This is done in an effort to keep parents from using public services when they may be able to financially provide for their own children. The amount of child support that a parent may be entitled to may depend on several factors.

For instance, the amount may be based on how much a custodial parent makes as well as how much the noncustodial parent makes. Furthermore, the court may take into consideration whether a mother or father is paying support for other children. If a child has special needs, that may influence how much support a parent may be expected to provide. Those who have questions about child support or need help collecting what they are owed may benefit from speaking with an attorney.