If they are ordered to pay child support but are unable to afford it, what happens? Will the other parent just have to deal without that money?
"... If they are ordered to pay child support but are unable to afford it, what happens? ..."
You give no indication of where you live: but, essentially, it all depends upon the jurisdiction in which your legal action is being managed.
Here in the UK, the Courts decide whether or not "they" ..... [ the absent parent(s) ] ..... are able to afford it, or not, as the case may be.
Having made the decisions, .....
( as familial circumstances change, from time to time)
..... the money will, if necessary, be deducted at source, and forwarded to the person who has taken responsibility for nurturing the child.
Personally, I think it's money well spent, just to get the little rug rats off my back.
Where I am, in the US if you are ordered to pay child support and you dont, you could lose your license, have to pay fines and can ultimately go to jail for not paying. The judge here dont care if you dont have a job, they will only give you so long to find one before taking legal actions. In my opinion if you can't afford them then dont make them, sorry to be so harsh but that's how I feel. To many people go having s*xband having kids they can't afford