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What Is Child Support?

Child support is usually thought of as a financial obligation of a non-custodial parent to provide for the welfare of his or her child.  The amount of and duration of the financial support payment is often determined by a court as the result of the divorce or other dissolution of a child's parent's marriage.

Child support may also be awarded to a custodial parent where the child was born out of wedlock but the biological father can be proven.

In the United States it is presumed that the biological parents of a child have a legal obligation to provide for the support and welfare of the child.  Even if the parent does not have visitation rights or child does not live with either parent, it is still incumbent upon both parents to provide financial support for the child.

The failure of one or both of the parents to make support payments to the child's custodian can be brought before a court to compel payment.  This situation is often revealed in the news when a custodial single mother does not receive the regular child support payments that have been court ordered of the child's father.  In these situations, there are various legal remedies the court and custodial parent can take to enforce that the support payments are received.

 

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