a mother and childOnce a couple decides to end their marriage, they’re not the only ones affected by the divorce. Every member of the family will experience a few changes in their lifestyle because of the separation. This transition can be especially difficult for children who may be forced to move to a different school and adjust to a new life. On top of that, there may be changes in the family’s finances during and after the divorce is finalized.

To help divorced Marysville couples and their children adjust to these changes, Feldman & Lee PS noted that a family lawyer could represent either of the spouses to reach an agreement pertaining to specific issues. These include child support and custody, the division of conjugal properties, and alimony. The basics of child support are outlined below:

Understanding the government’s role in child support

The common statistic in the U.S. shows that half of all marriages end in divorce, while nearly one-fourth of all children are born to unmarried parents. Due to this, the U.S. government has an active role in regulating child support through laws that govern the obligation for periodic payment of child support.

State child support agencies implement procedures and policies to establish child support systems that will require the consistent payments of child support from non-custodial parents. These agencies work in cooperation with the court to implement an income withholding order through which an agreed amount of child support is deducted from the payer’s paycheck.

Once the agency finds that a parent is delinquent in child support payments, it can use other means of collecting payments, including seizing properties and withholding amounts from tax refunds.

Child Support Guidelines

The amount of child support varies among different states. To determine the specific amount that a parent has to pay, some states may base their computation on net income, while other states may base their formula on gross income.

Some states have created child support guidelines to calculate the amount that a child or children should receive if their parents decide to divorce. These guidelines are intended to ensure that the children will receive the same proportion of financial support they would have received if their parents did not separate.

A parent’s child support obligation is determined by several factors, which include:

  • How many children a parent needs to support
  • Each party’s net income
  • Private school expenses
  • Mortgage obligation to the marital residence

A parent may still be required to pay child support for children above 18 years of age if that child is studying full-time or has a mental or physical disorder.

If you’re ending your marriage and will be the one to take care of your child, make sure that you’ll be getting the necessary support. Your child needs to live a comfortable life, so better give it to them by fighting for what’s right.