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How child support speaks to your child's basic human rights

Did you know that in many countries there are international laws governing a child's basic human rights? In 1989, these laws—established in the Convention on the Rights of the Child—were embraced by the United Nations General Assembly. Unfortunately, the United States has yet to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child, but knowing these rights can help parents focus on the health and well-being of their children when divorcing.

Here are a few of these rights spelled out for you and your co-parent to consider:

-- Access to housing, food and medical care

-- Protection from neglect

-- Special care if disabled

-- Developing with dignity

-- Plenty of love and understanding

The child support that a noncustodial parent pays supports a child's basic human rights in many ways. The most obvious of these are providing access to food, shelter and medical care. However, child support funds also keep children safe from neglect in many cases by making things easier on the custodial parent. Adequate parental support also allows children to develop with dignity and receive any special care they may need if disabled.

As for the love and understanding, well, that is usually available to some degree with or without child support but it is certainly worth mentioning. You should also know that when children see both of their parents contributing to their support, they feel even more loved.

As family law attorneys serving Louisville, Kentucky, families, we know that child support issues are never simple. Both parents face many hurdles during the process of determining child support. We want you to know that you can count on our law firm to provide you with answers and solutions to help you preserve your child's human rights. Please see our website if you want to learn more.

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