Many fathers find themselves in situations in which they must pay child support. Divorce happens, and children most often go to live with the best mothers. Everything can play out in other ways, too, but fathers that owe child support quickly find out the importance of the responsibility. Most fathers aren’t just willing but ready, yet you don’t get to set the amount, the court does.
It is interesting to say that last statement because my father actually set the amount of child support with my mom, and it was never discussed in court. It was enough, but the point is the court is going to typically set an amount based on a variety of different factors. The father is then responsible for paying that amount. What happens if you don’t pay? That also depends on a variety of factors.
It is unfortunate when child support isn’t paid because it is the kids who suffer. They are hopefully still taken care of, but that puts a huge burden on the single mom who is trying to work and raise s family herself. Have you seen what is going on with the economy these days? Moms need help, and any dad that loves his kids is going to do all he can to pay child support. Notice I said that s father I’d going to do ‘all he can.’
There are the deadbeats, and then there are the individual circumstances that fathers sometimes run into that make child support difficult to pay. Fathers can try their hardest, and some are still going to fall behind. The important thing is that the child support is paid up and the kids are happy. That is part of the father’s job, and it shouldn’t be as much of a domestic issue as it is today.
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