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Child support is by far one of the most arguable issues during a divorce case. The children that come from the marriage must be assured of a parent’s financial support, which means the ongoing obligation of a periodic payment made by a non-custodial parent to a custodial parent, is obligatory. Both parents must pay for the support of their children even if the children are not living with one of the biological parents. To find out more about child support, contact us and let a sponsoring divorce attorney explain more about child support.
Child Support Calculations
Child support is arranged as part of a divorce petition and may supplement spousal support arrangements. For the most part once the divorce is complete, most issues in a divorce case are resolved rapidly, yet child support issues can continue for years after the divorce is settled. Child support involves a number of factors, which include the percentage of time each parent has with the child as well as the incomes of each party. In effect, biological parents must financially support their children until the child reaches the age of majority, which is 18 years of age, or when the child becomes self-supporting. An unmarried mother may also file for child support once paternity has been established. To find out more about child support, contact us today and let a sponsoring attorney help you with the right decisions.
A Parents Obligation to Their Children
Usually, one parent is awarded custody and is given the role of primary caregiver, although the other parent is still obligated to pay a portion of the costs of raising the child. In some instances, child support may be ordered by one parent to another parent when both are custodial parents and share in the raising of the child. In rare cases, a parent who has sole custody of the children may be ordered to pay child support to the non-custodial parent while the child is in the care of that parent. All of these issues are addressed and worked out when a petition is filed. A divorce lawyer is the one who can explain all the ins and outs about child support.
Child Support in Different States
Each state’s divorce laws defines and establishes guidelines regarding child support as a means of making the system standardized. The amount of support is set after the needs of the child and the parent’s income is evaluated through a state’s specific guidelines. These guidelines are assessed and take into account the needs of the children, the ability of a non-custodial parent to pay and the standard of living a child has enjoyed prior to the divorce. Failure to make child support payments regularly can cause considerable penalties to the parent. Regardless of how long the divorce has been in effect, both parents have the right to request changes regarding child support, but paying parents face difficulties when requiring that support be lessened. Based on each state’s requirements, it is always best to gather the advice of a family law attorney if or when child support becomes an issue.
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