Child Support is where one parent pays the other parent money to help with the expenses of raising a child which include food, shelter, schooling, clothing, medical treatments, etc.
A parent may be biological, or someone who may have been acting as a ‘stand-in’ parent to the child (step-parent).
Child Support is the right of the child, and the parents may not waive the payment on behalf of their child.
If you do not have access to your child, you still are required to make Child Support payments. If you haven’t received Child Support payments, you may not deny access by the other parent to the child.
Child support paid is not for your spouse – it is for your children. The children benefit from the increased money available to the household. You do not have control on where the money is spent. If the basic needs of the children are not being met, then contact Children’s Services.
There is an end to child support in typical circumstances (children with disabilities may require support for an extended period of time). You can end your marital relationship—but you will be a parent for the rest of your life.
You can look up child support amounts *here*.