For many divorced parents the aspect of paying for child support become very familiar. But this was not always the case. The history of paying for child support actually goes back only a couple of hundred years. This is mainly because when the United States separated from the United Kingdom we adopted all of the laws that were currently on the books. Since there were really no enforceable laws for paying for child support at that time the United States inherited that responsibility.
The laws governing paying for children originate in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. At that time a father was not required to pay the kids they produced. Rather child support was voluntary and only with his written permission.
In the 1950's the United States started to see a shift in laws that were meant to take care of children however. At that time a federal law was enacted to oversee the payment of child support by divorced parents. Later on in 1975 the laws governing Social Security were put into place and from those laws future laws governing Child Support later followed.
The greatest time for family laws to be put into place was in 1984. At this time many amendments were enacted to establish improvements in child enforcement agencies. These agencies later oversee many of the payment processes that divorced parents have to go through everyday. Further at this time it became a requirement for state agencies to report delinquent parents to credit reporting agencies.
It is because of the evolution and adoption of these laws that many children are taken care of everyday. Without this level of enforcement many families would go without. Now while you may disagree with your divorce settlement you can understand the need for these enforcement agencies to oversee what the courts have deemed fair and just.
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