But facing the fact that more families were broken,parents decide to go on with different ways,responsibilities for child always belong to the Mother, and have only limited means to fulfill the needs of their child, while taking care of them. This situation leads to a helpless state of the mothers forcing them to file for support from the fathers of their kids.
Here are some helpful guidelines on how to file for child support.
One thing for sure, women who file and ask for support will hardly pay for court fees. This is a big concern but these women will be given help by the Public Attorney’s Office, Department of Justice or the Department of Social Welfare and Development as the case may be.
In worst cases, a Protection Order is issued for the protection of the woman and her children if aside from the economic abuse, violence against the woman takes place. The children will be in the automatic custody of the woman in this case with an entitlement of support.
The cases shall be filed in the Regional Trial Courts which will serve as Family Courts for hearing cases.
The support applies for legitimate and illegitimate children and may include everything for sustenance such as food, clothing, education and transportation according to the capacity and resources of the father.
The woman parent is the one who will file for the support of the child.
Children below 7 years old are in the automatic custody of the mother.
Regardless of the marriage status, giving support from the father is compulsory. Support could be given either by monetary means to the mother if the children are with her or the children will be under the father’s roof for survival.