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Prove good moral character by paying child support on time

Getting the right amount of child support for your situation is important. It can be difficult to come up with an amount that's right, which is why many people turn to the courts for help.

In law, there are guidelines for child support that help the judge determine how much a noncustodial parent should pay. It's not always an amount that seems fair, though, which is why so many people struggle with paying or obtaining support.

Did you know that some people threaten their right to citizenship by not paying child support? In an Oct. 25 news piece, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security discussed answers to common questions about support.

Paying child support is seen as an obligation in the United States. Even if you live here already, not paying could threaten your right to remain or could hurt your chances of obtaining citizenship. Interestingly, not paying child support on time (or at all) shows a lack of good moral character, which is required if you want to become a U.S. citizen through naturalization.

What should you do if you can't afford child support?

If you can't afford the child support payments you're ordered to make, it is a good idea to continue paying as much as you can and to contact your attorney to seek a modification. If you can't afford payments, it's likely due to losing a job or a change in circumstances. Both could give you a right to pursue a change in how much you pay each month or paycheck, so you can get back on track.

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