Fargo, ND asked in Child Support for North Dakota

Q: hello i just recently just had a daughter and me and the mother are sharing custody. Can we not accept support?

We are wondering if we both help support our daughter in every way but dont live together.

We both dont want help from child support and want to do this ourselves and not ask for state help can we?

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Lucas Wynne

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  • Fargo, ND
  • Licensed in North Dakota

A: If you are going through a custody battle, the second it goes into court there will be child support established. Whether you want it to be established or not will not matter to the court. Why? Because the state considers child support the right of the child, not the parents. The only way to avoid child support ever being established is to never have your case enter a courtroom. Even then, the state also has the right to petition for child support independently. But beware! If child support is established later, somebody might owe back child support. I hope that answers your question.

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