What Is Child Support?

Child Support Payments What Is Child Support?

What is Child Support? DoNotPay has the Answer

Having a child can be extremely expensive. On average, it can cost parents over $200,000 to raise a child from birth to 18 years old.

If you are a single parent, it can put a large strain on your finances to provide for all of your child's needs. This is why child support is so important. So, what is child support? Keep reading to find out.

What is Child Support?

In the United States, federal law states that both parents must provide financial support to their children. When only one parent lives in the same house as the child, that parent usually takes care of the majority of the financial responsibilities.

To help take some of the financial burdens off of the custodial parent, the non-custodial parent will make regular payments to the other parent to help provide for the child. The amount of child support can vary case by case and can cover a wide range of expenses. Some of the various expenses child support can cover may include:

  • School supplies
  • Clothing
  • Food
  • Shelter
  • Medical insurance
  • Medical expenses
  • Extracurricular activities

This is not an extensive list. The payments exist to make sure that the child's basic needs are met. Usually, a parent will not have to prove how the money is spent. However, if it looks as if the child's needs are being met, a Family Law judge may ask the receiving parent to prove that they are providing for the child with the funds.

State Laws About Child Support

You can learn more about your state’s laws here:

DelawareMinnesota Wyoming
South CarolinaKansasNorth Dakota
Rhode IslandNebraskaMississippi
New MexicoOhioArkansas
New HampshireNevadaArizona
AlabamaKentuckyWest Virginia
IdahoMassachusetts Georgia
Washington StateColoradoIndiana
CaliforniaNew YorkNew Jersey
FloridaNorth Carolina Wisconsin

Do You Have to Go to Court for a Child Support Agreement?

There are times when two parents will decide to reach a child support agreement privately, without going to court. However, if you choose this avenue, there is no way to enforce the agreement. If the other parent decides that they no longer want to pay the agreed amount, there isn't much that you can do about it.

This is why you should always get a court order child support agreement. When you go this route, the court will set an amount and make sure that the other parent pays the agreed amount. If they do not make the payment, they could have their wages garnished, or even face jail time.

It is possible for you and the other parent to agree on an amount without having to go to court. You can discuss and agree on an amount outside of a courtroom. However, you will still need to have the agreement reviewed and approved by a judge in order to ensure that it can be enforced.

How Long Can a Parent Collect Child Support?

Usually, when a parent is ordered to pay child support, they must continue payments until the child is 18 years old. However, if the child is still in high school after their 18th birthday, the parent will have to pay child support until the child graduates from high school. 

There may also be special circumstances where the parent is ordered to pay child support after the child becomes a legal adult. This usually only happens if the child has a mental impairment that would make them unable to properly provide for themselves.

How Can You Demand Child Support with the Help of DoNotPay?

If you would like to file a demand letter to receive child support services, DoNotPay is here to help. To quickly file a child support demand letter, simply follow these 3 easy steps:

  1. Search child support on DoNotPay and enter the details of the person who owes the payments.


  2. Tell us more about the payment schedule, including the amount and frequency of the payments, the last payment they made and number of missed payments, and how much they owe you in total.


  3. Confirm your contact information and select whether you want us to mail or email the letter on your behalf. Choose how you would like to receive the payment and verify your signature.


DoNotPay Can Help with All of Your Child Support Problems

No matter what kind of help you need or what questions you have about child support, DoNotPay can help. We can provide an easy way to lower your child support payments or demand child support payments.

Other areas that we can help with include:

What Else Can DoNotPay Help You Do?

DoNotPay is here to make your life easier and more convenient. Not only can we help you solve your child support problems, but we can provide assistance for a wide range of other issues as well.

Here is a look at some of the other services that we offer:

  1. Fight for compensation in small claims court
  2. Easily file insurance claims
  3. Get help with standardized legal documents
  4. Write a Letter of Intent to homeschool your child
  5. Send a defamation demand letter
  6. Get help with divorce settlement agreements

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