This report focuses on the child support income that custodial parents reported receiving from noncustodial parents living elsewhere and 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 2008 Current Population Survey (CPS). It provides demographic information about custodial parents as of 2008, as well as child support and other income or program data for the 2007 calendar year.2 This report also shows the latest 14-year trends by comparing data collected from the 1994 April CPS and subsequent biennial surveys. (See text box “Limitations of the Data” for additional survey information.)
1 The custodial parent is the parent with whom the children lived during the survey interview when the other parent lived outside the household, although there may be an equal 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: