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How do I know if I'm eligible for child support?

Not every divorced or single parent receives or pays child support. There are many parents out there who wonder if they are eligible to request child support from their child's other parent. Although there is no exact formula when determining an individual's eligibility for child support payments, there are a few basic considerations that should be made first.

The first aspect of child support that should be given consideration is custody. To receive child support, the parents requesting it must be the custodial parent. This means that the requesting parent has primary physical custody of their child and is the main provider of day-to-day care. For divorced parents, custody is generally assigned by the family court. For single parents, custody can be assumed naturally by the parent raising the child. Either way, having primary physical custody is the first requirement when requesting child support.

When divorced parents share custody, child support can still be requested if there is a great disparity between both parents' incomes. If the divorce significantly impacted one parent's ability to provide for their child, a request for child support can be made.

In addition to considering custody, parents requesting child support may want to consider how difficult enforcing it may be. If the whereabouts of the other parent are not known or if legal paternity has not been established, it may be more difficult to request child support. As with most aspects of family law, there are necessary steps to take when requesting child support. Working with an experienced family law attorney can help divorced and single parents take the steps necessary to request and eventually receive child support.

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