Based on the policy that both parents are obligated to financially support their children, child support is relevant even when the children are not living with both parents. Child support includes the financial support of children and does not include other forms of support such as emotional support, intellectual support, physical care, or spiritual support.
Child support is often paid by one parent as a certain amount of money to financially support their children. The exact amount of child support is set on a case-by-case basis or by a formula that estimates the financial needs of the children.
Child support is paid by one parent and is received by the other parent. It may be ordered to be paid by one parent to the other when one is a non-custodial parent and the other is the custodial parent. Child support may also be ordered to be paid when both parents are custodial, or may be paid to the non-custodial parent to support the children while they are in the care of that parent.
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