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During a divorce, one of the most contentious issues is often custody and child support. Child support is intended to help ensure that whichever parent is caring for the child, the child’s quality of life will be maintained.

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The Law Office of Derek S. Ritchie

5 years in practice
Child Custody, Child Support, Contested Divorce, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Family Law
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Burbach & Stansbury S.C.

34 years in practice
Alimony, Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce & Family Law, Divorce Law
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Fuller Law Group

25 years in practice
Child Custody, Child Support, Criminal Defense, Divorce Law, Paternity Law
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Law Offices of Robert W. Carpenter

38 years in practice
Alimony, Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce & Family Law, Divorce Law
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Smith Family Law, APC

19 years in practice
Alimony, At-Fault Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Contested Divorce
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Partridge Ankner LLP

36 years in practice
Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce & Family Law, Divorce Law, Paternity Law
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Ensuring The Child Has What They Need

Who pays child support and how much depends on a number of factors. Child support prioritizes the benefit of the child first. There are factors that can impact how much child support is owed, including spousal income and custody arrangements. If a parent does not pay their child support as ordered, there are financial and legal consequences.

Spousal Income

When it comes to determining child support, one of the most important considerations is the income of each former spouse. If one spouse has more income than the other, then the more prosperous former spouse may be required to pay child support in order to ensure that the less prosperous spouse can provide for their child.

Custody Arrangement

Another way that child support is determined is by which parent has a majority share of custody. In general, the more time a parent is given proportionally with their child, the more likely they are to receive child support.

In cases such as 50/50 custody, other factors, including the relative income of the parents, will be considered. If a parent gains or loses custody of their children, their child support obligations may also be impacted.

Child Support Penalties

If someone does not pay their child support, there are a number of penalties that the court can institute. If a parent is only slightly behind on their child support payments, they may simply be legally ordered to make the missing payments by a certain date. However, if an individual refuses to pay for an extended period of time, the court may begin to issue more serious penalties.

To begin with, the court can order for salaries to be cut, retirement benefits to be withheld, or income tax returns to be kept from the parent. Additionally, the court can suspend a delinquent parent’s driver’s license or place a lien on a delinquent parent’s home.

Fighting to Protect Your Interests

Child support can be a financial drain or a necessary lifeline after a divorce. If you want to make sure that child support decisions fall in your favor, you will need an experienced Family Law attorney. A Family Law attorney can impartially represent your interests using their legal knowledge and years of experience to get you the best possible outcome for your case.

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Child support Frequently Asked Questions

1. How does child support work?

Child support is a series of payments designed to help a divorced parent provide the necessary resources for their child. In general, during the divorce, the parent with primary custody will also be awarded child support in order to ensure that the children continue to experience a similar standard of living to the standard that they would have had if the marriage had remained intact. 

2. How much does child support cost?

The cost of child support depends on several factors. The more children that are involved in the divorce, the more the base amount will be. Another very common factor that decides how much child support is owed is the income levels of both parents. If one parent makes vastly more than the other, they may have to pay more in child support in order to maintain the child’s standard of living. Finally, any special needs that the child may have, such as medical expenses or educational needs, can increase the amount of child support owed.

3. What happens if you don't pay child support?

If a parent neglects or refuses to pay child support there are a number of consequences that can follow. First, the court will order the delinquent parent to pay past child support amounts. If that does not work there are a number of actions that the court can take to extract child support payments.

Financially, the government may withhold income tax returns, issue levies on salaries, or refuse to pay retirement benefits. Additionally, the court may order a lien on the delinquent parent’s property or report the failure to pay child support to credit reporting agencies. Finally, delinquent parents may have their passport or driver’s license suspended for failing to pay child support.

4. How is child support calculated?

There are three major factors in calculating child support amounts: parental income, custody, and child needs. Parental income compares the incomes of both parents. If both parents make equitable amounts in income, child support may not be as drastic. However, if one parent is unemployed, this may result in a larger amount of child support being awarded to them. 

The second consideration is custody. Usually, child support is paid to the parent with primary custody. If custody is 50/50, then child support may depend on who makes more money as previously mentioned. In unequal child custody arrangements, child support will be calculated based on how much of the time the primary parent is expected to be paying for the child’s expenses. Finally, child support calculates the child’s needs by considering the child’s standard of living while the parents were married. If the child had private tutors, medical expenses, or an expensive living space, then child support may be increased to ensure that the child lives a similar life to the one led while the marriage was intact.

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