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Child support can be area of conflict in divorce proceeding

In many divorce proceedings in Connecticut, child support is a huge point of contention. One person may be fearful of having to pay an unreasonable amount in child support, while the other parent may be worried that he or she will not get an appropriate amount to cover the children's expenses. Research shows, however, that many fathers who do not legally have to pay child support are actually still providing financial assistance for their kids.

The research shows that almost half of low-income dads who did not have to pay formal child support were still buying their children things they needed. These items included baby products, clothing and food. The items were purchased as a way for the father to bond with the children.

This type of financial support is called "in-kind child support," and it is a viable option for two parents who are willing and able to work out their child support arrangement outside of the court system. However, this kind of child support can also have drawbacks, such as being hard to enforce and becoming imbalanced over time. The benefit of this arrangement, though, is that two parents can both provide for specific portions of their children's needs and avoid getting into arguments over who will pay for what.

When two parents can find common ground on matters, such as child support and child custody, this can make an otherwise stressful divorce proceeding a smoother one for everyone in the family. Otherwise, a judge will have to make these decisions for the parents. A Connecticut judge in this type of situation will make a child support decision based on multiple factors, such as the child's needs and the ability of the paying parent to pay.

Source: thestreet.com, "Divorced Dads Give In-Kind Child Support to Feel More Connected to Their Kids", S.Z. Berg, July 6, 2015

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