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The surprising benefits of child support

It should come as no surprise to many that child support is the main source of income to many American families as well as the main source of support to millions of children nationwide. Even though child support is very often one of the most heated debates in family court, the benefit it offers to children and families is undeniable.

When divorce splits families in two, the impact is felt by everyone. Children are often dealing with hurt feelings while trying to make sense of their new lifestyles. It is not unheard of to have children wonder if their parents have stopped loving them, or will stop seeing them on a regular basis. Although visitation and custody can vary considerably between families, keeping a child's post-divorce lifestyle as similar to their pre-divorce lifestyle may help make the transition easier. And if one parent was the primary breadwinner, child support may be the only way to make that happen.

Children of divorce may be more susceptible to childhood poverty than those who are raised in intact families. Child support payments are designed to bridge the gap between mom and dad's incomes, making the financial effects of divorce less threatening to a family's well-being. That being said, there is understandably a link between child poverty and child support. Children in divorced families are less likely to experience poverty when they are the recipients of support payments.

Parents that pay child support are also shown to take a more active role in their child's upbringing. Child support is also shown to promote parental responsibility. One could argue that a parent's requirement to pay child support may help them feel more responsible and therefore lead them to participate more in their child's life.

Divorcing parents may argue over child support or the custody it is based on. However, knowing that there are more than just the obvious benefits to be had by children receiving child support may help take the sting out of handing over a portion of your paycheck. If you are currently paying child support and are concerned that your child is not benefiting from your payments, speaking to a trusted family law attorney may help.

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