It may come as a surprise to many Tennessee residents, but unpaid child support in 2011 stood at an astounding $14 billion nationwide according to the United States Census Bureau. Surprisingly, only 43 percent of the 6.3 million custodial parents in the country, who averaged $6,050 monthly, received child support that was due to them and their children. The majority of parents who did not receive child support were women and many of them were living in poverty.
Another interesting fact is that 26.1 percent of all custodial parents approached child support enforcement agencies in 2012 to seek assistance. This, however, is significantly lower than 1994 when 42.2 percent custodial parents sought assistance.