Generation X is the largest generation of debtors in the child support program

We also examined noncustodial parents who owed arrears that had been certified by OCSE’s Federal Offset program and the amount of certified arrears that they owed by generation. Using data from OCSE’s Debtor File, Figure 2 shows that, as of January 2020, Generation X was the largest generation of noncustodial parents who owed certified arrears, referred to as debtors, representing 47% of all debtors and owing 56% of total certified arrears. Millennials represented 38% of debtors and owed 22% of total certified arrears. Baby Boomers and older debtors represented only 14% of debtors, but they also owed 22% of total certified arrears, the same as millennials. The average amount of certified arrears owed by Baby Boomers and older debtors was $33,911 compared to $12,526 among millennials.

Figure 2. Percent of Noncustodial Parents Who Owe Certified Arrears (Debtors) and the Amount of Certified Arrears Owed by Generation

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Source: OCSE’s Debtor File, January 2020
Note: Column percentages may not sum to 100% due to rounding.


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