Shockingly, a nytimes
article, "in most states in America, child support doesn't actually go to children. Particularly when they are being raised in low-income families." Unfortunately, when a custodial parent applies for public assistance, they have to also apply for childcare and the are required to give up the right to receive that childcare support money as it first goes directly to the state. "Health and Human Services says only 66 percent of support due in the 2018 fiscal year was collected (by families)
. In more than half of the states, all of that money essentially disappears, at least as far as poor families are concerned; it’s absorbed into the system, seen as “payback” for the welfare system that is supporting the child."