Reasons no legal agreements could be established for U.S. custodial parents, 2016

This statistic shows the reasons no legal agreements could be established for custodial parents in the United States in 2016. As of 2016, about 15.8 percent of custodial parents in the U.S. without a legal agreement stated that they were not able to locate the other parent.

Reasons no legal agreements could be established for custodial parents in the United States in 2016

Percentage of custodial parents without agreement
Other parent provides what he or she can38.8%
Did not feel need to make legal38%
Other parent could not afford to pay33.7%
Did not want other parent to pay27.7%
Other reasons24.2%
Did not want to have contact with other parent20.7%
Child stays with other parent part of the time19.9%
Could not locate other parent15.8%
Did not legally establish paternity7.3%
Child was too old0.1%
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Source

Release date

January 2018

Region

United States

Survey time period

2016

Number of respondents

7.4 million

Special properties

custodial parents without agreement*

Supplementary notes

* Data is based on 7.4 million custodial parents without agreements or with informal agreements; excludes those with pending agreements. The total exceeds 100 percent because respondents could list more than one reason.

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