Parents who receive child support depend on that money to help support and provide for their children. The children also depend on this support, as it creates a tangible link between them and a non-custodial parent and shows that the parent is contributing to their lives.
After two people have made the decision to divorce, it can be easy to see every encounter as "you versus me." People can approach every conversation or discussion as something to be won rather than resolved.
Parents will typically do whatever they can to provide for their children and they want to make sure kids are safe and have the things they need. Many parents take their responsibility to support and care for their kids very seriously. However, many parents are limited in these abilities by their income.
Many Californians are familiar with the popular TV show "16 and Pregnant" on MTV. The show depicts young teens facing the very adult challenges of parenting and documents some of the struggles that parents of any age often face; one of which is collecting child support.