Children, whether legitimate or illegitimate, are entitled to be supported by their parents. The Family Code defines support as everything indispensable for sustenance, dwelling, clothing, medical attendance, education and transportation, in keeping with the financial capacity of the family.

The education of the child entitled to be supported shall include his schooling or training for some profession, trade or vocation, even beyond the age of majority. Transportation shall include expenses in going to and from school, or to and from place of work.

The amount of child support is based on the resources and means of the giver and the necessities and needs of the child.

If one of the parents refuses to give support for the child, the other parent may, on behalf of the child, file a petition for support with the family court. In the petition, the parent may ask for support pending the trial or proceedings.

The parent obliged to give support shall have the option to fulfill the obligation either by paying the allowance fixed, or by receiving and maintaining in the family dwelling the child. The latter alternative cannot be availed of in case there is a moral or legal obstacle thereto.

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