In the United States in 2013, parents owed a combined $32.9 billion in child support according to the U.S Census Bureau. A total of $22.5 billion was collected, and those payments are not taxable to the recipients. Parents in Florida and around the country who make child support payments are not entitled to take a tax deduction.
As divorce grows more and more common in Florida and other states, more parents are being ordered to pay child support to the custodial parent. A study by the Department of Agriculture found that the costs of raising a child to adulthood in the United States amount to nearly $250,000.