Child support refers to the ongoing obligation of a non-custodial parent to a custodial parent, caregiver, or guardian for the care and support of children of a relationship or marriage that has been terminated, such as through divorce or annulment. While child support laws vary, the basic principle is that children are the responsibility of their parents, even when the family is no longer an intact unit. Both parents are still responsible to raise their offspring, even if they do not live together. Child support is thus a legal attempt to ensure that children receive the support they require to grow to adulthood.
Unification Thought emphasizes that the family is the foundation of human society, and the "school of love" wherein children both receive and learn to give love to others within the norms of principled relationships. Thus, marriage should be viewed as a permanent relationship, and the offspring of the conjugal relationship as the responsibility of both parents. While the economic support provided through the legal requirement of child support is essential, and provides many of the material necessities of life, children also require the loving care of parents to nurture their emotional and psychological development. Unfortunately, such support cannot be imposed by law, and many children receive the mandated child support but lack the love and security that they need to grow up to be healthy adults.