Child support is a court-ordered payment for money to help with costs in raising a child. It is most commonly used for housing, food, clothing, and doctor’s appointments. When divorce or separation has occurred, child support is addressed in court. It does not include visitation rights. It is normally paid from a non-custodial parent to the custodial parent. Even if a parent does not want contact with their children, they will be required to pay support to the parent raising the children. The amount set for payment is decided by the courts after review of both party’s incomes and assets.
How Child Support Amounts Are Calculated
Each state has their own laws governing child support. There are set standards on how much can be deducted from the party responsible for paying it. The main factor in the amount decision is income. Child support amounts are different than alimony amounts, and both can be collected depending on the court’s findings.
Child Support Will Change if Employment Changes
If the person responsible for paying child support changes jobs or becomes unemployed, child support payments will once again be addressed in court. They can be raised or lowered accordingly. If the person making the payments becomes unemployed, it’s best to address this in court. Payments are still required, but reviewing the issue in court can avoid issues with non-payment until employment is once again found.
If either parent moves to another state, child support will still be enforced. Child support is normally paid until a child reaches adulthood.
The importance of ensuring children are cared for depends largely on finances. If a non-custodial parent does not pay support, there can be consequences for them. People that refuse to pay the child support can have wages garnished. It can also affect people’s credit rating. Professionals such as doctors or lawyers that don’t pay the required child support can lose their licenses.
Regardless of employment status and visitation rights, child support is an important decision that must be met for the child’s well-being.
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