Characteristics of Families Using Title IV-D Services in 1999 and 2001. Endnotes


1 This report uses the terms custodial parent to reflect the parent with whom the child/children usually reside. The other parent is referred to as the non-custodial parent.  It should be understood by the reader that both parents may have legal custody and that physical custody or parenting time may be shared as well.  Custodial parents and non-custodial parents may be of either gender, but because the majority of custodial parents are female, custodial parents are usually referred to as “she” and non-custodial parents as “he”.