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William Wilson

ENG 102-19

Some say money is the root of all evil, although in this case money can

help enhance the lives of children from single parent homes in this country.

Money is a big need for one taking care of a child all by their self. It takes two

people to make a baby, therefore both parents, provided they are living,

should be accounted for financially for the child. In all cases, financial child

support isnt enough. Children also require interpersonal and quality rearing.

However, focusing on the financial aspect, if one parent is alive and well,

taking no part in caring for the child, then they should have to pay the

minimum cost to raise a child.

Child support should be based on how much it cost to care for a child

until they are the age of eighteen, considering their income status. Children

now and in the future, will lead this world at some point in time, so it would

be best if they get the financial resources they need in order to be

successful. Therefore, a set price to take care of a child is needed.

Paying for a child isnt cheap. One must pay for food, clothing, health

care, and child care for their children. Too many nights children go to sleep

hungry or they go to school with bad hygiene and wearing the same clothes

every other day. That can lead to the most crucial thing a child can

experience from his/her peers: bullying and isolation. As of now the cost of

child support depends on many factors. One of those factors is the cost of

raising a child, which varies by income and location. An example would be a


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case of a mother taking care of her toddler child. Child support isnt enough

to take care of her child, so she has to lean towards other programs. The

child support is below the minimum for her income level.


William Wilson
ENG 102-19

It is evident that the lower of income a family receives; the less money

that will be used for raising a child. According to the United States

Department of Agriculture (USDA), from the time a child is born until they

turn eighteen, on average, a low-income family will spend $174,690 (Vasel).

Thats $9,705 a year, $4,853 from each parent. Without a doubt, lower

income single parents struggle to take care of their children, whether its

putting a roof on their head or food in

their stomach. Thus, that $4,853 should

be the minimum child support the non-

custodial parent should pay,

considering if they receive low-income.

Although middle-income is higher,

single parents still face struggles raising

kids on their own. For middle-income

families, the average cost to raise a

child to the age of eighteen is $233,610 (Vasel). Thats $12,978 a year,

$6,489 for each parent. That should be the bare minimum the non-custodial

parent should pay if they receive middle-income. High-income families,

though they may be financially stable, one must remember that its still a

single parent household. The average cost to raise a child to the age of

eighteen for a high-income family is $372,210 (Vasel). Thats $20,678 a year,

$10,339 for each parent. Therefore, the minimum child support for a non-

custodial, high-income parent is $10,339.


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A system where the non-custodial parent pays the minimum child

support for their appropriate income level each year will create a better

living standard for the children in single parent households. Child support

should be paid every month, if a parent cant afford child support for that

month or misses a payment, then the amount will keep building and the

parent will have to pay a 2% interest for the month they missed. This kind of

strict adherence on child support will make the non-custodial parents pay up.

This will benefit the children by helping them grow up more financially secure

and healthier.
William Wilson
ENG 102-19

Works Cited

Lino, Mark. "The Cost of Raising a Child." USDA. N.p., 13 Jan. 2017. Web. 15 Apr. 2017.

Vasel, Kathryn. "It costs $233,610 to raise a child." CNN Money. N.p., 9 Jan.

2017. Web. 14 Apr. 2017.