When parents separate, one of the first things they should think about is child support. Child support is the money one parent pays the other for the financial support of their child or children.
Children need the financial support of both parents because it gives them a better chance of succeeding. They also have a right to it by law. Our child support laws are based on the principle that even though parents have separated or divorced, children should continue to benefit from the financial support of both parents, just like they would if the parents were still together.
The information in this section explains parents’ child support responsibilities. It describes how to figure out what a parent should pay or expect to receive, as well as how to calculate other types of expenses. You will also find links to services that can help you and other types of resources.