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Can Parents Make an Agreement to Waive Child Support?

Can Parents Make an Agreement to Waive Child Support?

In every state, parents are under the obligation to support their children. Parents may be under the impression that they have the power to determine how much and if child support is necessary; however, the state law and the courts have the final say in matters of child support. Parents cannot agree not to pay child support. To understand why parents cannot waive the duty to pay child support, t is necessary to know how and why the state creates child support arrangements. Whenever the support of a minor is of concern, the court can order either parent to pay any amount of child support while the child is a minor. Eliminating this support is not an option, because child support payments are actually the child’s right, not the parents. Every state calculates child support by determining what is in the best interests of the child. Because of this, parents cannot refuse to pay child support because it is not in the best interests of the child. According to the federal Child Support Enforcement Act, each state has guidelines that calculate the amount child support to be paid, which vary depending upon several concerns. In general, factors determining child support include: the needs of the child such as health insurance, education, child care, and other special needs the income and needs of the custodial parent the ability of the paying parent to pay child support the child’s standard of living before the divorce or separation From there, the courts may determine child support depending on factors affecting the child’s best interests, such as: the age and sex of the...