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Does The Father Have To Pay Child Support If He Is Unemployed And In College? If Not, Who Pays?

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Tony Fyler answered
Child Support laws differentiate between states and counties and each case is treated individually and adapted to various circumstances. Therefore no matter what you hear from friends and family etc you should check with your local child support agency to get the correct information. There may be rules and regulations that apply in some states regarding fathers’ obligations that don’t apply to other states. Therefore ensure you enlist the advice of professionals.

Child Support is something that needs to be applied for so in this case the parents of the child or children in question would need to discuss and come to some sort of agreement. With regards to fathers in particular, the amount of child support that is required to be paid is based on how many children he has and how much money he earns. As stated in the question, this particular male is unemployed, however if he had a job before going to college then the amount of child support would usually be calculated depending on how much he earned in his previous occupation. You need to keep in mind that modifications to child support can be made in some states quite regularly, such as every two to three years or if the custodial parent requests a change.

Once an agreement has been made then the Administration Department of the Child Support Enforcement Program will expect regular payments from the non-custodial parent. However, as mentioned before, the department will consider each case individually and will take into account both situations of the parents in question. It is important to remember that Child Support is a voluntary action, and will go ahead only if both parents decide to make the application.
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Jeremy Stocks answered
In the State of Maryland if you do not have any income they give you an income of minimum wage x35 hours a week. Which I think is b.s. Being a student for the last 3 years and living on the small amount of student loans.The mother of are child didnt want anything to do with are son for the first eight years of his life. I didnt ask a dime from her and I was well off, I was struggling. She begged me not to go after her for child and I agreed. I agreed because we were both young and trying to get on are feet. When my son was 8 he came to me and said he wanted to life with his brother,,,, The child she had with the guy she cheated on me with. I agreed to let him move. Its hard to say no to a child in tears. So after he moved with her she hauled ass into child support services. I'm a student with no income and she has an income of $3,000/mth. So advice to the men out there get child support for your child and don't fall for the same thing I did. NOT ALL FATHERS ARE BAD, SO SOME OF YOU WOMEN SHOULD TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT YOURSELF.
Caroline Profile
Caroline answered
Yes. My Father does and he doesn't have much money. I know they do if they're unemployed, but I'm not sure about college.
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debbie smith answered
Women stay on the goverment payment so they don't hve to work, they will breed with sum poor guy who is in love n has a good job, then leave him and make him pay for everything, leaving him broke n stressed, he will work just to shut the ex up n to also support their children, then the mother will just not care less at all n take everything away from the men, leaving them in debit ,no wonder y men turn gay, women r lazy n just spend the money the poor men work hard for, to give the children what they want so they stay with their mother, the mother keeps the children coz she can't take to the real world of work n stress, welcome to the real world girls, grow up......
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Faire Maiden
Faire Maiden commented
It's been said before, but requires repeating: MEN---> ALWAYS USE CONDOMS. Do not rely on a woman saying she's on birth control. That birth control she's taking protects HER, NOT YOU.

As for the rest of your embittered rant, the easiest thing in the world to do is write the check. The actual day-in and day-out responsibility of raising a child is the hardest job in the world. So, shut up.
Gunnar Brandenburg Profile
Umm yes the dad does pay even if he is unemployed and in college.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
I'm not legally authorized to work in the U.S. As F-1 student, how do I pay child support?
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Anonymous answered
Why are all women so bitter?  Please do not stereotype all men to be deadbeats.  I have full custody of my daughter, her mother pays me a whopping $140/month.  That barely pays 1 week of daycare a month.  When the roles are reversed, why do the women get off so easy?
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Anonymous answered
General speaking the courts won't look kindly upon you being unemployed, However many states will take into consideration the fact that you are in school, that being said it will also depend how far along in your schooling you are, if you are a Freshman in College with three years left they will probably require you to pay fairly sizable amount, If you have a year left then they might take it easier on you because you'll have your degree and be able to work full time in a year, ultimately you will be able to provide more for the child if you have a college degree and the Judge will know this so when you go to court make sure to present your self in a professional manner and avoid any Jerry Springer stuff.
Paul Gomez Profile
Paul Gomez answered
The mother of my boyfriend's child did not have a job when they court ordered child support to be taken from him, and he keeps her 3 days out of every week. DSS told him the lowest they could base it off of was IF he were working a min wage job. How is that fair when neither parent has a job?
Paul Fleet Profile
Paul Fleet answered
The Courts don't care if you beg, borrow, or starve you will pay child support. My daughter will be 20 this year and he is Court orderd to pay child support, until she finishes high school. Once she starts College it starts again until she has her Bachelor. It doesnt matter the "law" its what the judge decides.
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Anonymous answered
If child support has been ordered, being unemployed and/or in college does not excuse the obliged parent from that obligation. The obliged parent (father in this case) must still pay his child support obligations until such time as the court order is revised otherwise.
nettie Profile
nettie answered
The mother can get assistence from social services, but they both will have to pay back once you have jobs, or is mother working than, Dad will have to pay the state back for any help the mother gets from them.....
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Anonymous answered
I didn't want children. My ex did. She stopped taking birth control. I paid child support for 18 years. I didn't like it and felt it was unfair but I did it. I paid when I was working and I paid it out of my unemployment when I was not working. If I ever got behind it was paid back out of my tax refund or through wage garnishment until it was caught up. It sucks that the deadbeats have caused the system to adapt and come up with creative ways to ensure that the child is taken care of. We all have our reasons to not like child support, the ways its used or misused or the general notion that someone is taking money from you. I paid mine. 18 years worth. Enough to pay off a $150,000 house in less than 20 years. I paid it and now I'm done. Now all you deadbeats suck it up and pay yours!
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Anonymous answered
Yes, you have to pay even if you don't have the means to pay it or unable to afford the amount. They really don't care about you.

Now, with 6 million unemployed due to the recession that is still not an excuse not to pay. When I was unemployed I was told by the CS worker to donate blood or prostitute myself in order to garner the money for the state err I mean for the child and it's "best interest"

Good Luck!
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Anonymous answered
Yes of course, he is the father.  If he is unemployed or in College and lives with his kids, he still needs to feed his kids.  Since he obviously doesn't live with his kids then he needs to pay child support, being unemployed or in College, doesn't excuse the father to stop being a father.
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jarvis guthrie answered
I'm 17 years old and I just had a child. He is 2 months old and now my babymoma has puttin me on childsupport. Next month I will be attending college. I'm scared to go to court because she is going to make me out as a deadbeat. I work a part time job and make 225 every two weeks. I give her 100 not mention I saved up for his crib, stroller, babyseat and circumcision. I'm so stressed out. I gave her 1000 from my income tax cause I claimed man of household on her low-income apartment. Should I invest into a lawyer. I just want 50-50 up bringing...
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Faire Maiden
Faire Maiden commented
Yes, you need a lawyer. Go to Legal Aid; they are lawyers for people who can't afford the ridiculous rates lawyers charge. They donate their time and legal expertise for the economically disadvantaged. Good luck to you.
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Anonymous answered
I have Half Custody! 50/50 right down the middle! And Unemployed and Enrolled full time in college. Where would that land me, What makes me (the Father) the Obligated one to pay support?, especially when She is the one making money consistently.
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Anonymous
Anonymous commented
It would make you the father with the same responsibility as the mother - what makes you so special that you don't pay? I work with college students all the time who attend and work part time to support their family. Quit being a dead-beat
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Anonymous answered
He has to make plans to maintain the child because its his, who does he expect to pay for his own responsibilities, he has to pay unemployed or not, he is the father
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Anonymous answered
Does the father have to pay child support if the mother is in college and her family is taking care of the child?
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Anonymous answered
I am not legally authorized to work in the U.S and do not have any other job to do, how do I pay child support?
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Anonymous answered
I know my ex-husband has been staying in college for the last ten years to avoid child support.  He is 40 years old and now claims he will graduate when my daughter turns 18.  He only pays $260.00 per month and doesn't pay until his school loans come in every 6-8 months.  He gives nothing else, so YES the court has made him pay. It's obvious this highly educated idiot is snowballing the system and hurting a child in the process.   He tried to keep me in fear of him by treating me cruel when no one was looking so I wouldn't get a lawyer.  I'm not afraid anymore. No man, with this amount of education, should be allowed to use college as an excuse to not pay the normal going rate for child support!

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