A study performed by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) showed that more mothers are paying child support than was the case 5 years ago.  55% of the survey respondents have cited an increase in the number of mothers who have been ordered to make child support payments over the past five years. Only 1% of AAML members saw an increase in fathers making child support payments during the past five years while 44% who noticed no difference.

In addition to the question regarding which party is now making child support payments, the divorce lawyers have also noted changes in the size of those payments. 42% of the survey respondents said that the amount a spouse must pay has increased over the last five years.  14% said the payments have gotten smaller, while 44% have cited no change

The changes were attributed to the general changes in society.