Alimony & Child Support Payments Up

We Americans paid 18 percent more more child support and alimony in 2002 than we did in 1997, even after adjustment for inflation. Here’s a report on it from United Press International as it appeared in the World Peace Herald.

The story indicates the changes that occurred over the five year period:

  • Total payments increased from $34 billion to $40 billion
  • People paying increased from 7.2 million to 7.8 million
  • The average annual payment increased from $4,700 to $5,200
  • 84 percent of those paying child support were men. Half of the payers were younger than 40, and half were 40 or older.

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