Written by Althea Tan in Divorce
Viewed by 71 readers since 01-09-2009
When considering divorce, it is important to find out the legalities encompassing child support within your state. The key reason for child support is to ensure that the children will still be well taken care of despite their parents’ divorce. Either of the parents, to whom custody is awarded, may find it hard to support the children alone. Hence, child support may be necessary.
Judges will take into consideration the financial status of both parents and the needs of the children. One parent can provide financial support for the children while the other uses the money according to the children’s needs. Both parents can decide which role to take. Parents who are given the task of providing child support will be prosecuted if they fail to do so. In a child support situation, the other party is allowed to be with the children regularly.
Marital issues are irrelevant in child support because the children’s welfare is of primary concern. What matters is the parent’s responsibility. If abuse happens, the parent who is guilty of such will be denied custody over the children; the said parent will still be tasked to provide support for the kids with limited visitation rights.
As a parent proving child support, you cannot choose which needs to pay for. Thus, it is important to do research prior to divorce. The payments to be made will usually cover for the children’s need for food, clothes, and shelter. It may also be used for school supplies and related things. Child support payment usually costs around $200 to $300 a month for each child. Older children tend to have more needs than younger ones.
You would want to schedule your payments well. If you are not able to keep up with your payment schedule, you may be held liable for neglect of child support. Child support generally stops when the children turn 18 years old. But in some states, child support may still be required past 18-year-olds to support them in high school or in college. Emancipation or death may be reasons to stop child support.
If you get jailed for failing to pay for child support, your properties may be auctioned off to cover for the payments you failed to make. Ideally, you should keep track of the amount you will be paying.
You may need to get a second job to keep up with the payments. Most employers who know of your situation usually send the paycheck straight to your payments so you would not have to worry about meeting your schedule. For each paycheck, they automatically allot something for child support. This in turn will require you to cut down on your own personal expenses and luxuries.
Child support is a serious matter and involves a lot of expenses. It would be best to consult a lawyer as you go through this process so that you know fully your responsibilities to your children.