Custody Research

How much is alimony in your state?
January 9, 2024 — A typical U.S. divorce could end with an alimony payment ranging from $0 to $1,381 a month depending on the state. In two-thirds of states, there's not a reliable way to predict alimony at all. See also: Appendix

Hennepin County's top custody schedules determined for first time
October 6, 2022 — An analysis of court records reveals the most popular child custody schedules in Hennepin County, Minnesota.

Statistics: Hire a divorce attorney for the best custody outcome
August 24, 2021 — When both parents have attorneys, they're more likely to share joint custody and settle out of court. Other surprising divorce and custody stats.

1 in 4 states don't require judge to consider child's custody preference
November 17, 2020 — Only one U.S. state lets a child choose who takes custody of them. More than a quarter of states don't even require a judge to consider a child's preference.

Map: How much is child support in your state?
June 10, 2019 — The size of your child support payment depends heavily on where you live, according to research from Custody X Change. A typical parent's payment can vary by over $700 a month from state to state. See also: Appendix

Map: How much custody time does Dad get in your state?
June 5, 2018 — Custody X Change conducted a first-of-its-kind study and found that parenting time varies dramatically as you cross state lines. Nationwide, a father is likely to receive about 35% of child custody time. See also: Appendix

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