According to census data, parents in California and other states who fulfill custodial roles often rely heavily on child support payments from noncustodial parents. Alternate forms of assistance include forms of aid such as clothing, food and medical expense coverage. More than 61 percent of custodial parents received one or more types of non-cash assistance in 2013.
In 2013, child support accounted for 17.7 percent of the personal income of custodial parents who received all of the payments that they were owed. Those below the poverty line could count on up to 70.3 percent of their personal income coming from support if all payments were received.