The Purpose of Child Support

The objective and basis of child support are to divide the expenses related to raising a child. Except when the parents have agreed on a specific arrangement, child support is typically paid in the regular intervals or payments by one parent to the other as support for the child’s basic needs, such as food, clothing, maintenance of the house, and school expenses.

Most commonly, child support is born by the parent not having physical custody. This parent does not get to spend most of his or her time with the child. Even if some states still adhere to this, the implications of the definitions of the types of custody do not have any impact on the amount of child support.

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