Child support can either be an ongoing periodic payment or paid in a lump sum. It depends on the arrangement between the separating couple as to what terms they would want to follow. Once the terms are signed before the court, it should be implemented completely. Otherwise, the party that does not adhere to the agreed terms will face more or a different legal sanction. There are two sides here, the obligor who is the one giving the support and the obligee the one who takes custody of the child.