The state’s child support laws were originally designed to prevent families from relying on one parent for a large percentage of the family’s income.
But as child support caseloads have increased and the number of children growing up in poverty has risen, it’s becoming harder for a parent to rely on a single parent.
That means many parents have been forced to rely upon their child support obligation to multiple parents.
For many, the choice is more about the child welfare agency or social worker.
Some even get their children placed with a noncustodial parent who is able to support them financially.
Some parents simply don’t have the resources to get a court order to pay child support.
But in the meantime, many parents say they have to pay what they can and find ways to get their child into school.
This article originally appeared on NBCNews.com.