Until such time as the government gives extra to those unable to collect child support, both parents need to contribute. It is unfortunate, but as someone who is unable to receive cs, I can tell you my child misses out. No child should be in that position regardless of what the parents went through. I'm from the opposite side, raising the child without financial support. But in saying that, her father is a convicted sex offender so would not have her anyway. Sex offenders are very unlikely to get visitation for more than a few hours/fn supervised.