Parents are responsible for providing for the financial needs of their children, regardless of their marital status. When a couple ends their marriage, the judge reviews the details of the case and will determine the child support obligation necessary. Generally, the non-custodial parent will pay child support to ensure proper care of their child. After a child support order is in place, it is up to the parent to follow the law and make payments accordingly. If payments are not made, the parent could face serious consequences. However, there are some reasons why a modification to child support may be warranted.