Child support payments are set by each state as a means of enabling a child to continue to enjoy a certain standard of living after parents are separated or divorced. Payments are intended to cover the child's basic needs, including educational fees, food, housing, health insurance, transportation, clothing and to some extent enrichment activities. As young children are not expected to manage their own finances, child support is entrusted to the custodial parent. In some cases a supporting parent may not want to make payments to the custodial parent, and, in rare cases, that is a possibility.
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