Child support is a payment from one parent to another for the support of a minor child. These payments are meant for the benefit of the couple's child or children. Child support includes money for every day expenses, medical expenses, educational expenses and extracurricular expenses. These are not payments for support of the other parent.
In Illinois, family law courts determine the amount of child support a person owes based on certain guidelines defined in child support laws. It is generally determined by the income of the parent responsible for paying support, the child's needs and by the number of children involved. It is not likely that courts will order anything different from what the law requires.
However, one parent may often claim they cannot afford the amount ordered and try to get it reduced. This is the case with one man in Tennessee. According to court records, this man has 30 children with 11 different women. He has recently asked the court to reduce his child support payments.
The man is claiming that he cannot afford the payments he has been ordered to make while working a minimum wage job. Currently, 50 percent of the man's paycheck is turned over to child support officials and given to the mothers of his children. Some of the mothers are reported as receiving as little as $1.49 a month in child support.
While it is ultimately up to the court to decide if this man should pay less child support, his children, who range from 14 years old to just toddlers, deserve financial support.
There are many ways to collect child support from a parent who is late in paying or refuses to pay. An experienced attorney can explain all of the options and get children the money they need and deserve.
Source: Los Angeles Times, "Man who had 30 kids with 11 women wants child-support break," Rene Lynch, May 18, 2012