Can Women Pay For Child Support?

Can Women Pay For Child Support?

There’s a common misconception that only men are responsible for spousal and child support. Perhaps the misconception comes from movies and fiction novels.

But all parents are responsible for taking care of their children. Whether it’s their mental and physical well-being, or making sure they get the life and education they need.

It’s not easy getting a divorce when children are involved. Beause of such circumstances and changed situations, children have to divide their time between both parents.

But the real question that arises is: who will pay for child support?

Here’s what you should know:

The Law Does Not Discriminate

The Child Support Agency (CSA) was launched in the UK in 1993. The law was created to help families with lone parents support their children. In many cases, unmarried couples had problems because fathers who were not listed on the child’s birth certificate could get away without paying child support.

Thanks to DNA testing, fathers have to sign a declaration, confirming they are the parents of the child/chidren.

It is the CSA’s (Child Support Agency) job to ensure that non-resident parents pay for child support—regardless of their gender.

The Rights of Men and Women

The law states that the parent who has been granted custody will be the one to recieve financial benefits if he/she does not make sufficient income.

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If the father is the one with custody, then he has the legal right to demand financial support from the mother—granted that his income is not enough to support the child.

Child Support is expected to be paid until the child is old enough to find employment. This means that the parent will have to pay child support until the child is at least 18 to 19 years old.

 Failure to Pay

What happens when a parent fails to pay for child support? That’s a good question.

The CSA in association with the Child Maintenance Enforcement Commission (CMEC) makes sure that the parent responsible pays for child support.

If the parent repeatedly misses payments, then he or she will be held liable, and could face imprisonment.

When a parent responsible fails to pay, the CSA will force their employer to pay, or the assets and bank account of the parent will be frozen by the authorities.

These are just a few things to keep in mind regarding child support. If you’re getting a divorce and want to learn more about your options, it’s best to consult a solicitor who specialises in family law.

As professional family solicitors in UK, Wembley Solicitors offers professional services regarding divorce and family law, so you can reach a financial settlement that would work in your favour.

If you’re looking for a divorce solicitor, contact them through email or call 020 3417 3700 to book an appointment.

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