Contrary to a popular misconception, child support is not designed in order to just meet a child's most basic necessities. Although these types of expenses are certainly included, the child support guidelines consider a broad range of expenses for children. Child support amounts are set in order to help pay for this broad range.
Disputes surrounding child custody and support can arise between parents anytime for a variety of reasons, and can affect people from all walks for life. Florida residents familiar with rapper Chief Keef will find it interesting to learn that according to reports, recently the 18-year-old rapper was held in contempt of court for failure to make child support payments.
When parents divorce, child support payments help the custodial parent manage a child's everyday expenses, as well as costs related to education, childcare and medical expenses. Failure to pay child support in accordance with an order may result in garnishment of one's wages, withholding of tax refunds, suspension of one's driver's license, impact on occupational licenses and in some cases jail time.