Plan for child’s future and assist in meeting child’s needs. Obligation and responsibility set by state. Does not hinge on marriage having taken place. Parents are required to support their children, regardless of whether they were married when the child was born. When it comes to supporting a child financially, if parental incomes are unequal the court will order the noncustodial parent to contribute a specified sum of money to the costs of childrearing by referring to state guidelines that establish minimum levels of support. The amount of child support awarded will depend on how much each parent makes and spends on housing, health care, and other necessary child-related expenses. If support isn’t paid when ordered, the parent with custody or someone acting on the child’s behalf such as the welfare department can sue the noncustodial parent to obtain a court order setting the amount of child support the noncustodial parent must pay. If that parent doesn’t pay s/he can be prosecuted under state criminal laws.
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