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Child support required for proper upbringing

The proper upbringing of their children is the primary concern for all parents, but child rearing is all the more challenging for divorced parents. Looking after a child single-handedly can be both physically and financially taxing. Child support from both parents ensures a secure future for the children.

However, some parents fail to pay child support, thereby creating financial problems for the other spouse. This happened to a 46-year-old single Philadelphia mother, whose ex-husband owes her more than $17,000 in child support payments.

According to sources, the woman got divorced from her husband 15 years ago, when her son was just three years old. He is now 18 years old and helps his mom financially by working part-time. The single mother has been fighting for the child support amount from her husband for the past 15 years.

The mother has faced innumerable financial troubles due to the lack of monthly child support payments from her ex-husband. According to reports, the mother has had to ask for money from relatives and friends to properly bring up her son. Her medical bills have piled up, and she has been forced to file for bankruptcy on two occasions. According to the woman, her deteriorating financial condition, lack of child support and the legal battle have all been quite stressful for her. Also, the son has been devoid of his father's love and support.

Considering the high cost of living, both parents must support their child's proper upbringing and overall development. This is not always the case, however, as shown in the latest U.S. Census data. According to official estimates, about $35 billion in child support payments was pending in the U.S. in 2009.

Claiming child support from a spouse and getting a child support decree may be a lengthy process. In fact, custodial parents often may not even know how much child support they are entitled to receive. Professional advice may, therefore, be helpful for parents who are seeking child support payments from their spouses. A professional may help in the calculation of the child support amount, which may include health expenses, education expenses and the everyday expenses of the child. Expert professional help may go a long way in ensuring a financially secure future for a child.

Source: Northwest Herald, "Chase for child support," Lawrence Synett, Nov. 14, 2012

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