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In Legal Terms: Child Support

Did you know one in five children in the US lives in a household with child support? Today, we’ll learn and get answers from Adjunct Professor and Chancellor for the Twentieth Chancery District, Place 2 Judge Troy Odum about child support in Mississippi.


  • In 2018, 14.7 million children lived in households receiving child support payments, about 1 in 5 children in the US, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. 
  • The median child support amount received was $1,800 About 30% of parents who are owed child support payments get nothing, according to data from the Census Bureau.
  • In 2017[1], the 5.4 million parents who were owed child support payments received 62% of the amount they were supposed to get, on average.

https://usafacts.org/articles/how-much-child-support-do-parents-actually-receive/


If you would like to learn more about child support, head to the Mississippi Heath and Human Services website: https://www.mdhs.ms.gov/child-support/


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