It is interesting to note in this case that two of Eunice's children had been awarded to her by a custody decree, and the third had fled from her ex-husband because of fears of abuse.
One of the earliest American support cases was Stanton vs. The Supreme Court of Connecticut decided this case in 1808.
In this case, the Supreme Court of Connecticut allowed Eunice Stanton to recover support from her first husband on behalf of her deceased second husband, Joshua.
The child support laws in every state in the United States has a program to help families pay, process, and collect support payments.
Each state’s agency can work across state lines to ensure that payments are collected and distributed. Child laws and programs have evolved tremendously over the years.
Here is a closer look at the development of child laws and programs as we know them today.
The History In the early nineteenth century, the courts in America that were dealing with the cases of divorce and marital breakdowns, found that the current laws don't provide for a support action.
America had inherited many English laws in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and these laws found that the father had only a non-enforceable moral duty to support his children.In fact, English precedents actually forbid any third party from recovering the costs of support unless these costs had been pre-authorized by a contract with the child’s father.Any third parties or single mothers could not directly ask for reimbursed of support expenses.Despite the absence of a child provision within English laws, the courts in American slowly began to tackle the notion that a father had a legal obligation to support his offspring.
But England’s laws did allow for a limited recovery of support costs in certain circumstances.The Elizabethan Poor Law of 1601 authorized the local parishes to recover some of the funds that were spent in caring for a single mother and her children who were not provided for by the children’s father.