Children and the Law
Child Support

Do you have to pay child support even if the custodial parent is an illegal alien?

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June 10, 2008 7:44PM

Yes. Child support is ordered by the state court of jurisdiction. Immigration issues are federal jurisdiction matters. Even though there are a few states and/or communities attempting to pass laws or have established laws relating to specific immigration issues such laws are being challenged and thus far have been found invalid. An illegal immigrant can also be ordered to pay child support whether or not that person has a traceable financial record or not. However, the custodial parent/guardian will, no doubt have a difficult time collecting ordered support if the obligated parent refuses to voluntarily cooperate.