Fort Lauderdale parents often bicker over how much child support is required, and this has resulted in circumstances that are not always beneficial to the child. A recent study suggests that children with one custodial and one non-custodial parent are often better adjusted if no child support is being paid at all.
However, there is a danger in misinterpreting what this study is attempting to say as this probably has nothing to do with the requirement that the non-custodial parent pay child support. What it instead says is that parents that are informally able to agree on how much child support should be paid are also more likely to raise a child in a less contentious environment.
One of the researchers in the study believes that unmarried mothers often will only go to court concerning child support when the father becomes uncooperative in helping the child out. This researcher was quoted as saying: "One possible reason why children whose fathers provide informal support might be exhibiting better vocabulary, verbal skills and scholastic aptitude is that these fathers not only give money to the mother when they can, but they also come around and are more involved in the child's life."
Attorneys that work with couples haggling over child support need to understand such a dilemma. They need to make each parent understand that working together ultimately will always be in the best interest of their child.
Child support will always be necessary since too many parents fail to comprehend that they have an obligation to help their child - rather than engage in unnecessary disputes with the other parent. Unfortunately, it is the child that often pays the highest price.
Source: Psych Central, "Downside to Court-Ordered Child Support," by Janice Wood, May 15, 2012