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Idiot's Guides: Surviving Divorce, Fourth Edition by Terry Hillman, Pamela Weintraub

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CHAPTER21

Child Support

In This Chapter

  • Understanding child support
  • Figuring out what’s fair
  • Dealing with deadbeat parents
  • Paying for your child’s insurance and healthcare

Let’s face it. Raising kids is expensive. Medical expenses alone can account for a huge portion of the budget in the United States. Add to that clothes, food, a home to accommodate the kids, child care, computers, smartphones, activities, and lessons—the list goes on and on. Married couples combine their resources to cover these costs, but the expenses don’t end just because you’re separated or divorced.

When parents live apart and custody resides with one parent, the parent ...

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