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Your son and the mother will both be treated as adults in regard to the child. As adults they both have the obligation to do what is in the best interests of the child. So, your son has an obligation to support the child despite still being in High School. So, absolutely, keep track of all property or money and try not to deliver cash as support. Use a check and mark it as support. If the custody can be agreed to, that is fine. Having custody or visitation should not be dependent on payment of support. The court considers those two issues to be completely separate from each other. You do not have the legal responsibility to support the child. To the extent you provide things, again, keep records. If custody or visitation is withheld by the mother, then you can proceed to get the court involved. It will be more flexible without court involvement. (From a strictly legal standpoint, without a court order, if the mother has physical custody of the child then she cannot be forced to let your son have custody or visitation. To an equal extent, without a court order, if your son has physical custody of the child, then he does not have to return the child to the mother.).
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Typically support for someone like your son would be based on the amount made by someone working a minimum wage job. The amount varies by state but typically is between $175 and $200 per month. The property and money you are providing can count towards the support. You just need it designated as support and you need to understand that cash delivered without a receipt will not be counted.