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Child Support

Child Support

“Child Support” refers to an ongoing, periodic payment made by one parent for the financial assistance of a child following the termination of a marriage or other relationship. This concept, rooted in family law and public policy, implies payments made directly or indirectly by the paying parent (the obligor), to the receiving party (the obligee), for the children’s care and support. The obligee typically is a custodial parent, caregiver, guardian, or even the state.

Child support responsibilities, typically determined by the jurisdiction, can fall on either parent, irrespective of sex. Furthermore, in joint custody cases, both parents are considered custodial, with the higher-income parent potentially required to pay child support to the other. Arrangements for child support usually occur within the context of a divorce, marital separation, annulment, determination of parentage, or dissolution of a civil union, often supplementing alimony or spousal support arrangements.

Child support and parents’ responsibilities to provide it are internationally recognized. The 1992 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is a binding agreement, cementing the principle that both parents share the responsibility of raising and developing their child, and providing a standard of living adequate for the child’s development. Various other international entities, like the Council of Europe, the European Union, and the Hague Conference, also recognize the right to child support and suggest specific implementation and enforcement measures.

Even though Wasatch Defense Lawyers specialize in criminal law, understanding the concept of child support is crucial due to its potential intersections with cases such as divorces, separations, or other familial disputes. It’s important to note that the failure to comply with child support obligations could result in legal repercussions. If you’re facing such issues, consult with a family law attorney to guide you through the process and protect your rights.