When parents are not together, either because they have separated or they never had a formal relationship, the issue of maintenance or child support may cause disagreements. Ultimately the one that suffers most is the child, which is why maintenance courts consider the wellbeing of the child first.
Disagreements may arise over one parent failing to keep the maintenance commitment or only adhering to it partially or sporadically. We have collected a number of articles on the issue of divorce, maintenance, child support, parental rights and kids to help parents understand the importance of maintenance as well as their rights.
Divorce is never easy for anyone but kids are affected hardest.
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