Child support is a legal requirement stated in the United States of America constitution requiring parents or guardians to take care of their children and guarantee they have access to the basic needs. Failure to perform the duty is considered a crime against the United States and is termed as criminal nonsupport. However, for one to be sentenced or fined in a court of law there are two fundamental requirements needed, the court should be able to prove that the perpetrator acted deliberately or knowingly and the defendant did not carry out his or her duty as required. Parents and custodians have a legal duty to provide child support to their children.
In all the 50 states in America, parents, whether with or without the custody of a child are required by the law to ensure they provide child support to their progenies. Several Acts exist to ensure parents and guardians provide child support, an example of such Acts is the Deadbeat Parents Punishment Act. However, for the Act to be enacted there are several factors that must be considered. The offender must have failed to pay child support for at least a year, the offender must be in arrears not less than $5000 of child support, the offender has the ability to pay the child support but failed to do so, and the offender failed to pay child support. The Deadbeat Parents Punishment Act mostly affects a non-custodial parent since the chances of committing the felony are high, but it does not mean custodial parents are safe from it if they neglect their duties.
If one is found guilty of neglecting child support, he or she may be imprisoned or fined. Additionally, the offender may have his or her driver’s license and passport revoked. Depending on the occupation the offender may lose his or her job, for instance, in the military if one is found guilty he or she is dismissed from the service. However, in case one is not in a position to pay child support he or she may attempt to prove that in a court of law. He or she should be able to provide necessities such as clothing, food, or care. Moreover, such a parent can seek help from state agencies or seek an amendment of the child support from the court of law. Neglecting child support is a felony to the state.
In conclusion, child support is a legal requirement stated in the United States of America constitution requiring parents or guardians take care of their children and guarantee they have access to the basic needs. Failure to pay child support has dire consequences. Parents and custodians have a legal duty to provide child support to their children.