The amount of unpaid child support rose from $147.5 million in 2012 to $191.1 million in 2016, a nearly 32 percent increase. It was, according to an Argus Leader analysis of national data, the largest increase in the nation during that period compared to all other states and U.S. territories.
…Nationally, the amount of money owed in back child support grew by less than 2 percent from 2012 to 2016. South Dakota and Puerto Rico blew away the national average with increases near 32 percent [Jonathan Ellis, “Child Support: Overdue Payments Surge in South Dakota,” that Sioux Falls paper, 2018.01.20].
Rep. Tom Pischke (R-25/Dell Rapids) contends these distressing figures show that South Dakota’s child support requirements are too high:
“The amount of child support that is obligated for a non-custodial parent to pay quite honestly is overwhelming,” he said.
“I do understand that children have to be supported, but it has to be equitable to the non-custodial parent,” he added. “The money that non-custodials are forced to pay is too high in my opinion” [Ellis, 2018.01.20].
Funny—I keep thinking any truly “pro-life” Republican saying, “Children have to be supported,” would end that sentence right there rather than appending a but….