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Obviously the parent can not pay child support if the parent dies. You can go to the social security office and apply for survivor benefits for your child. The decease parents work credits will be calculated and you and the child will receive a monthly check from social security and possibly a one time payment of $250.00 as well. These payments will continue until the child is 18 or graduates highschool. If the parent who has died would be eligible for a tax return you can also file for that on behalf of the child on the upcoming tax year. Also, do not forget that your child has a claim to the decease parents estate.

In most jurisdictions in the United States the minor child will be an heir at law of the father's estate if he has an estate. Even if the father had a will and left his estate to someone else the minor child is entitled to a portion by law.
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