Many people think child support is only about the monthly check. And in some cases, the non-custodial parent may wrongly see it as money for the other parent instead of help for the child.
Support can also affect the relationship the child has with both parents. A healthy, caring relationship between parent and child is and can be just as valuable as the monthly check. When both parents are more involved in raising their children, not only will that make the child feel more loved and supported, but the parents will also learn what it means to be a good parent.
Child support also helps:
- To create a larger extended family on both sides.
If both parents are present in the child’s life, the child can have a chance to bond with both parents’ families. Grandparents, aunts and uncles can be an important aspect of a child’s life.
- To get financial support.
This can include access to the medical insurance, life insurance, social security, and veteran’s benefits of both parents. This can also include inheritance rights.
- In case of a medical emergency.
Both parents’ and the family’s medical histories will be known if the child gets sick. Plus, the child will be much more likely to have health insurance because the child may be able to get it through the other parent’s insurance program at work.