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Children benefit from child support agreements

Studies show that single-parent households are more likely to be poor than households with two parents. Receiving child support can help a single parent with expenses, but the number of parents receiving child support is on the decline. Just 49 percent of parents in 2014 had a formal child support agreement in place. This was down 11 percentage points from the numbers a decade earlier. Single South Carolina parents may want to consider getting a formal child support agreement because experts say that children in single-parent households benefit from receiving child support in a number of ways.

There is a link between parents who pay support, usually the fathers, and the amount of time that parent spends with the child. Children benefit from more time with both parents. Child support also means less stress for the custodial parent, and this means a better environment for the child.

Children suffer when they have less access to resources. Receipt of child support has been shown to have links with improved behavior and cognitive skills in children. While noncustodial parents with poor job skills and employment prospects may struggle to make enough to support their children, excusing them from any child support obligations is not the right solution and may harm the child.

Child support is calculated using a formula, but other circumstances may be considered that change the precise amount required. Whether parents are divorced or were never married, some parents may hesitate to go through the process of getting a formal child support agreement. However, the advantage of such an agreement is that it provides protection for both the custodial parent and the child. With a legal child support agreement in place, there are ways to enforce the other parent's payment of support, including garnishing wages.

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