Child Support: What Parents Need to Know

Posted by on May 18, 2013 in Family | 2 comments

Child support is often one of the most challenging issues for divorcing parents. Aimed at ensuring that the various needs of the child are met even after his or her parents have separated, child support requires one parent to provide the other with financial assistance to help pay for the costs of raising their child.

Support to their biological child when parents decide to separate is both a legal and moral obligation. Thus, the non-custodial parent, otherwise called the obligor, will be ordered by the court to pay a specified amount monthly or periodically to the parent who has child custody, the child’s guardian or caregiver, or to the state, in the absence of any specific individual.

In promoting and enforcing child care, the Child Support Enforcement Act of 1984 paved the way for all states to list the factors that need to be considered when deciding child support issues, such as how much financial support the non-custodial parent ought to pay monthly. Though these factors differ from state to state, the more basic ones include:

– the parents’ present income (can be earned income, portfolio income or passive income). Income includes salaries, dividends, commissions, overtime pay, and all other monetary forms of earning.

– custodial parent’s living expenses and the living standard of the child before the divorce.

– the age and needs of the child and the capacity of the parents to make a contribution.

Child support is intended for the child’s basic needs: food, clothing, shelter and education. Though it is usually required by the court only until the child turns 18, additional contribution can be required by the court intended for the child’s other activities and interests.            

 To learn more about child support payments and what you may be entitled to receive, consult with an attorney.

2 Comments

  1. Good writing as always

  2. Good post

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