Women get awarded money for child support after a divorce or as a result of a paternity suit, and for many this is a means of steady income until the child reaches 18. But what about when the child reaches 18 and the support payments stop? Those who have been using the child support payment as a vital source of income (even though technically its supposed to specifically take care of the needs of the child) may find themselves in financial trouble when those checks stop coming. Can you still take care of yourself after the child support obligation has been fulfilled? Do you even have a game plan? Today we take a look at the dependency on child support, the cycle of court and punitive actions taken against inconsistently paying fathers, and whether there is a better way to secure oneself financially other than reliance on child support as an income.