Defending Child Support

It may seem incredible, but around Atlanta these days, I hear more and more often people who denigrate the very concept of child support. This argument seems to go as follows: child support is often misused. Instead of going to the child or children, the parent uses it for themselves. They either buy drugs or else they use it to avoid working. Therefore, we should eliminate child support altogether so that no one has an excuse not to work, and children have fewer parents on drugs.

I really think this misconception is important to correct because child support does so much good for parents and children. There may be room to improve the system, but it’s a system we need to maintain for many reasons, a few of which I’ve put down here.

It really does go to the kids. First of all, almost all child support money does go to the kids. Whether it’s paying for food, the house over their heads, clothes, or school activities, most parents receiving child support are conscientious and use the money the way it should be used. Those that take advantage of the system are few and far between.

It can make all the difference. Child support comes in all sorts of situations. Sometimes, it is there just so both households can maintain a certain level of comfort for the children. In other words, it might not be possible for them to go between homes in the same expensive town without child support going from one parent to the other. Other times, it’s there so one parent can continue to put their career second and take care of the kids. Particularly when kids are young, someone often has to either work part-time or not work at all in order to take proper care of them. Even if this isn’t the case, the cost of childcare is very high, and it can take a huge chunk out of any but the biggest paychecks.

There are also cases where child support really does allow the kids to eat meals every night or stay in a safe home.

In any of those cases, child care is a necessity. While it may seem more significant in certain families, anyone of those family arrangements mentioned above would be significantly worse without child support.

It’s the parent’s job. It’s better to think of child support not as money going to an ex-spouse, or as a means to allow an ex-spouse to be lazy, but as money that the children need when they aren’t with you. And that, really, is the whole job of a parent, to provide for what children need at all times. It may not be pleasant to hand money off to an ex-husband or ex-wife, but it really is making the lives of the children better.

Anyone who needs child support and either isn’t getting it or is afraid they won’t get it should contact an Atlanta child support lawyer as soon as possible. We need to stop making assumptions about these things and make sure parents are getting the money they need to do the best for their children.

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