Child support is an going obligation for a payment made directly or indirectly by a non-custodial parent for the care and support of a child/children of a relationship or marriage that has broken down. Child support is a mandatory payment in any divorce that involves minor children and just like child custody, parents have the option of settling this payment amount or taking the matter to court in which a judge will decide on the total amount that needs to be paid. The child support is estimated mainly in divorce cases. Child support can be traced back to the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.