Child support, what does it mean? For some of us, we may never have to encounter this situation or may not have friends who are in need of child support. We may even have preconceived notions about what child support looks like? Is it a rigid definition? What are the parameters of child support? Is it all necessarily negative? According to ChicoER, there are six common misconceptions that people have about child support.

Overall, the phrase “child support” most likely is not a positive idea in the minds of most. However, Butte County’s child support services department has some ideas about how they would like to move forward. It became clear to the department that people have a lot of misconceptions on what child support really looks like.. Davis, child support specialist, breaks down the six misconceptions with child support. The first misconception is that parents don’t have to pay for child support if they are unemployed. This is not true. Caseworkers will work with parents to see how much they need to pay based on how much they make or what their work experience is like. This may be minimum wage.The second misconception is that people go to jail for not paying for child support. This is possible but it is very unlikely. Davis says this isn’t happening anymore. There is now less emphasis and

Caseworkers will work with parents to see how much they need to pay based on how much they make or what their work experience is like. This may be minimum wage.The second misconception is that people go to jail for not paying for child support. This is possible but it is very unlikely. Davis says this isn’t happening anymore.

There is now less emphasis and restrictions because the department has now been removed from the DA’s radar. Though it can happen, Davis says it is very not common. The third misconception is that caseworkers get more money when people pay child support. This is not true. There are no exceptions to this rule. The fourth misconception is they cannot determine who is the father if it was not determined when the mother gave birth. This is also not true because it can happen — the county just needs to arrange the testing on their end.

The fifth misconception is that only want child support payment and don’t care about the family dynamic. This isn’t true. Most people don’t work in social work for the salary. They just want to help others and provide services to the whole family. The county wants to introduce a concept called “Family-centered services.” This means that employees can connect them to other services such as financial assistance or career services.

The last misconception is that the courts decide how much child support is to be paid. Caseworkers can’t help. This is a yes and no case. If a parent becomes unemployed, caseworkers can step in by helping parents complete paperwork to adjust their payments. Caseworkers can connect parents to a family law attorney if needed as well.

Reviewing these notes enlightens communities that it is all not about money. These services are to help all parties of the family unit. Child support may be complicated but there are jaded perceptions that surround child support that don’t leave it all to a negative connotation or experience.