This report focuses on the child support income that custodial parents reported receiving from noncustodial parents living elsewhere, as well as other types of support, such as health insurance and noncash assistance.1 The most recent data in this report are from the Child Support Supplement to the April 2006 Current Population Survey (CPS), which provides information about the amount of child support received during the 2005 calendar year.2 The report also shows the latest 12 year trends by comparing data collected from the 1994 April CPS and subsequent biennial surveys. (See Text Box 1 for additional survey information and notes on limitations of the data.)
1 The custodial parent is the parent with whom the child or children lived during the survey interview when their other parent lived outside the household, although there may be a joint- or split-custody arrangement.
2 The population represented (the population universe) is the civilian noninstitutionalized population living in the United States, 15 years of age or older, who have their own children under 21 years old living with them while the other parent lives outside the household.
Current Population Survey: