Just because a noncustodial parent has been ordered by the court to pay child support doesn't necessarily mean they will adhere to the court order. According to several studies, fewer than 50 percent of the children who are owed child support money regularly receive full payments.
Child support is intended to help offset the expenses of caring for a child for the custodial parent. Typically, the non-custodial parent will be ordered to pay some amount of child support, based on their wages, earning ability, and the number of children included in the support order. Circumstances can change, however, and what once was a reasonable payment amount may no longer fit your situation. There are certain changes of circumstance that may be eligible for modification of child support orders.