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Question: In a divorce, how much money should each parent pay to support their children?

Answered: The parent who doesn’t live with the kids should pay more

I would say that they should pay the same but when you think about it ... the parent who's with the kid has to feed them, buy them clothes, take them places (gas money), and loads of other stuff that the parent who doesn't live with them doesn't have to do.
They should make up with not being there with money. :}
The parent who is supporting them should not have to pay as much child support because they already have to feed the child, buy them clothing, school supplies, and other necessary items, with their own money.
They don't have to pay for things like food for the kid or anything else
Taking care of kids is not just about money. The parent living with the kids contributes something much more important than money. The LEAST the other parent can do is pay more.
The parent with the kids has to put in time to clothe and feed them, which can be a tough job, so they should pay less than the parent who does virtually nothing.
I think if you don't want to actually raise your kid then you should have to pay instead.
The parent who doesn't live with their child should pay more.
They obviously don't have even half of the costs the parent with the kids does so they should pay the parent with the kids and it should depend on how much they make.
Because it takes a lot of time and money to support kids, and the only way the parent can work if they have a kid at home is to put them in day care, or let them sit at home. But day care can be expensive.
They don't have to drive them everywhere and do everything for them.
The parent who has the kids has a lot of time spent on raising, the least they could ask for is some help from the other parent who has little or no responsibility when it comes to the kids.
Well, the spouse who is housing the children will have to pay more with bills and such. Whereas the spouse who doesn't have to house the children doesn't have to pay for all the extra people using up power, water, etc.
I think that if you are not the parent involved in raising your child you should automatically pay more. Kind of like a "yeah, I know I'm not here, but here is something to help raise you" kind of thing.
The parent who lives with the kids pays for the food, water, electricity, etc. that they need to survive on a daily basis.
Because the parent who doesn't live with the kids only has to support himself. So he would have more money to himself/herself. The parent with the children would have to pay for stuff for the kids all the time.
I believe that it is their responsibility as a parent to in some way help in raising their child whether it is by paying money or actually raising them in their home.
Because of food.
They need to pull their weight and help support their kids, even if they aren't there.
If the parent doesn't live with the kid, they are not taking care of them or paying any expenses required for bringing up a child. That parent needs to help pay for those things.
If they are not taking care of the child then why do they need the money? It's not like they are using it towards the child's food, clothes and medical bills.
Children should be supported by each parent.
Because they're not in charge of keeping the child clothed, fed, and attended to most of the time, they should pay the child support. They have to make a contribution because raising a child is a joint effort.
Because they're not living with the children and doing all that stuff.
Because they don't have to live with the kids.
Because that parent isn't in the kid's life all the time.
Even though they don't live with you, they still need food etc., and they are still yours.
If the kids don't live there the parent should help provide for the children since he doesn't pay for their food or clothes or shelter.
If you aren't going to take care of the kids, then you should pay for them.
They have fewer expenses because they aren't living with the kids.
Both parents should have a part in their child's upbringing, whether by actually raising them or offering financial support.

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