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SPM unit's child support paid


This is a 5-digit numeric variable.


SPMCHSUP records the value of child support paid by family members and is used in the construction of the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM). Child support payments are deducted from the economic resources available to the SPM-defined family unit. Child support received is counted as part of income.

For more information on child support payments in the SPM, see the Census Bureau's "The Research Supplemental Poverty Measure" report.

SPMCHSUP is reported in current dollars; users can adjust for inflation with Consumer Price Index adjustment factors.


Child support payments are reported by CPS respondents. Aside from the effects of inflation, SPMCHSUP is comparable across years.


  • All persons.


Years Jan Feb ASEC Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2010 – 2018 - - X - - - - - - - - -


This variable has no flags.