In cases of divorce, sometimes a child may come to despise one of their parents. These feelings may be the result of prodding by the other parent or it may have developed independently as a result of watching and experiencing the ravages of a divorce, or of course possibly due to a myriad of other reasons. Either way, these feelings can create a strong dislike of one parent who may be viewed by the child as flawed or having caused the divorce. This usually comes as a surprise to the "despised" parent. They likely still love the child and wish to see them. But when the affection is not mutual and this reality has fully sunk in, a parent may wonder why they are continuing to pay support for the child. Is child support really necessary when a child has expressed the desire to separate from one parent? The answer is simple: yes. Child support payments are still necessary even when a child no longer wants to see the paying parent.