More women are paying child support these days, according to the latest survey of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). In all, 55% of the respondents have cited an increase in the number of mothers who have been assigned to make child support payments over the past five years. Additionally, 42% of the divorce attorneys have seen the size of overall payment amounts rise during the same period of time.

"The changes in our society are almost always reflected in divorce courts and the legal system. The issues involved with child custody payments are certainly not an exception," says James Hennenhoefer, president of the AAML. "If one spouse is better suited to provide financial care, it is in the best interests of the court and all parties involved to put the needs of the child first.

Interestingly enough, results from the survey revealed that only 1% of AAML members have seen an increase in fathers making child support payments during the past five years. There was a response total of 44% who noticed no difference.

In addition to the question regarding which party is now making child support payments, the divorce lawyers have also cited changes in the size of those payments. Overall, 42% of the respondents said that the amount a spouse must pay has actually increased over the last five years. Only 14% said the payments have gotten smaller, while 44% have cited no change in payment totals during the five year time frame.

SOURCE: Market-Watch