Child support is the requirement to make payments for the financial care and well being of a child during and after a couple separates or divorces. Normally, the non-custodial parent (whether it is the mother or the father) is the one who pays child support to the other (custodial) parent.
Child support is meant to help pay for a child’s everyday living expenses and necessities. This includes food, healthcare, any necessary medications, schooling, clothing, shelter, activities, or childcare. Additionally, child support may cover the costs of things that a child with special needs may require.
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The amount of child support is usually calculated with a specific formula that takes the income of the parents into consideration, among other things.
In most states, child support is due each month on a specific date. This schedule is often set up in conjunction with the non-custodial parent’s pay cycle. Most states have child support "accounts" that you could money into when the payment is due. The payment is then passed on to the custodial parent. Paying into one of these accounts is an ideal choice since it keeps accurate records of the payments.