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Child support is a necessary obligation for divorced parents

New Yorkers are aware that every parent has an obligation towards their child and that this obligation doesn't change in the event of a divorce. During a divorce, the court may ascertain a certain amount of money that a noncustodial parent must provide for the upbringing of their child. However, many parents still fail to pay child support for their children.

According to a Census Bureau report that was released last year, almost 57 percent of custodial parents in 2011 did not get the child support that was due to them, which was more than more than $14 billion. The report further stated that 6.3 million parents in 2011 were due approximately $500 per month or an annual mean average of $6,050.

Most parents do not like to involve the courts if they do not receive the child support amounts, since it may have a negative effect on their children. They may fear that their children may not want to see the other parent arrested or in court and then become antagonistic towards the custodial parent. The census report also shows that in 2012, 26 percent of parents who had child custody contacted a child support enforcement office or another government office for assistance related to child support. This was far less than the 42 percent of custodial parents who had contacted offices in 1994. These numbers may reflect parents' concerns regarding the possible reaction of children who do not want to see their parents go to court or face arrest.

Since children can pick sides in family fights, it may be best to not involve them in any child support dispute. However, the custodial parent can still fight for the money required to raise the child. Child support is a legal obligation, and the custodial parent has every right to take action against any defaulting parent.

Source: Philly.com, "A feud that begins with no support," July 15, 2014

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