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3% refuse to pay. The majority of child support arrears are the result of legitimate causes such as being laid off, where the obligee does not know that the state provides free help to get the order modified.


There are no hard statistics on deadbeat dads because there are so many categories of fathers who aren't paying. A major problem in large urban areas are serial unmarried "baby daddies" who father children with numerous mothers and support none of them. The majority of those children are supported by tax payer funded government programs throughout their lives. While unemployment may affect some, many fathers simply refuse to pay and many men father children they can't afford to pay for even with employment. Many fathers start a new family and then can't afford to pay child support for their first born children. Fathers who don't support their children are an enormous drain on the economy in the United States.

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