Re: Are child support payments set up to be a punishment?
I like the way Canada does it. Child support payments are based solely on what the paying parent makes in wages. So if the paying parent has a low paying job, their payments are lower. It isn't based on what the custodial parent makes, unless there's a very large discrepancy. The paying parent is also never responsible for buying the necessities of life for the children. Things can be worked out as far as program fees and things, but the custodial parent is expected to pay for food, shelter etc.
Of course if there's no court order in place, anything can happen. Even when there is a court order in place, anything can happen. My ex owes me over $65,000.00 right now which I never expect to see.
People don't get a free pass to cheat just because their marriage sucks.
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