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It’s Splitsville: Surviving Your Divorce by James J. Gross

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CHAPTER  10

Child Support

When Clarence got to his law office this morning, he was already in a bad mood. There were several e-mails for him and the red light was blinking on his telephone that told him there were messages. He reached for the aspirin on his desk, swallowed the pills with his coffee, and stabbed the blinking voicemail button on the phone.

The first message was from a man named Tom Paris, a medical doctor, whose wife was divorcing him. New clients always come first, so Clarence called him back.

Tom said to Clarence, “My most pressing concern is our three children. Tell me everything I need to know about child support.”

“The cost of raising a child to age 18 can be well over $200,000,” said Clarence. “The law requires both parents ...

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