If One Parent Has Full Custody, Is The Other Parent Required to Pay Child Support?

Child support is court-ordered monthly payments that must be paid to the custodial parent to the noncustodial parent. Some jurisdictions have explicit (sometimes mandatory) guidelines to determine the amount of child support that a noncustodial parent is required to pay. Whereas other jurisdictions award child support based upon the facts of each case.

In general, child support is designed to support and cover the financial responsibilities and the cost of child-rearing.

Contrary to popular belief, child support money is no for the financial benefit of the custodial (receiving) parent. Instead, child support generally is designed to cover the following:

  • Food;
  • Shelter;
  • Clothing;
  • Health and medical care; and
  • Educational expenses.

When determining child support payment amounts, the court will generally consider the following factors:

  • The needs of the child;
  • The income of the custodial parent;
  • The noncustodial parent’s ability to make payments; and
  • The child’s standard of living prior to the divorce, if applicable.


To reiterate, the idea behind requiring child support is that each parent has a legal and moral responsibility to financially support their biological or adopted children. As such, if one parent has full custody of the child, then more than likely, the noncustodial parent will be ordered to pay child support so that each parent is equally responsible for financially supporting the child.


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If One Parent Has Full Custody, Is The Other Parent Required to Pay Child Support?


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