Can I Receive Child Support If I Don’t Have a Child Custody Agreement?
Although it is possible to receive informal child support payments from the other parent, it is not advisable to do so. This is because you will be at the mercy of the other parent, and there is no telling whether they will be agreeable to the informal payment arrangement in the future. In general, these informal payments from the other parent are not enforceable. Therefore, to avoid any disputes in the future and risk financial problems, you should file and obtain a court-ordered child custody and support agreement.
In most jurisdictions, support is registered with the office of Atty. Gen. and include some type of enforcement or income withholding order. This ensures that the party obligated to make child support payment will have the money withdrawn from their paycheck to comply with the order.
Therefore, it is always recommended that you seek a formal child support payment arrangement with your jurisdiction.
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