Child support is money paid by the noncustodial parent to the custodial parent to cover the basic expenses of raising the child. The money is used to cover things like food, clothing, education, and medical expenses. In some states, child support is not required after the child reaches the age of eighteen.
Child support is calculated based on the physical custody schedule. However, if a noncustodial parent has their child stay with them at least 40 percent of the time, they may be entitled to a discount on their child support payments. The amount of child support will also depend on the amount of the noncustodial parent’s income. The court will deduct income taxes, social security taxes, and state income taxes from the noncustodial parent’s gross monthly income.
To calculate child support, the court will look at both parents’ incomes. For example, if a parent earns $70,000 and the noncustodial parent makes $50,000, the court will multiply both parents’ incomes by 25%. This equals a basic child support obligation of $17,500.
Often, the parents can agree to modify the child support order, but this must be approved by a judge. If the two parents are at odds, either can seek a modification by filing a petition with the court. They should also explain their reasons for the modification. They may be entitled to a cost-of-living adjustment clause, which adjusts child support according to a consumer price index or other economic indicators. This will reflect the increased cost of living over time.
When a parent gets a raise or pay increase, they may be entitled to a change in child support. For instance, the paying parent may receive a promotion at work or a new job. The higher the paying parent’s income, the higher the child support they are obligated to pay. For this reason, it is important that the payee account for their child’s support payments in a timely manner.
Child support can be modified if a child’s needs change. It can also be modified if the circumstances of the noncustodial parent change. If you want to modify the amount of support due, it’s important to contact the court as early as possible. You’ll be able to have your child support case modified more easily if you act quickly.
Child support can also help with food, clothing, and shelter costs. Many states require noncustodial parents to carry health insurance for their children. Children can also benefit from college expenses. Some states even require the noncustodial parent to contribute to the college costs of their child. However, many states do not want children to suffer because of a divorce.
While the noncustodial parent is often associated with a father, many mothers are responsible for child support. They may be very involved in the child’s life and even choose to co-parent. The point of child support is to share financial responsibility for raising the children. The noncustodial parent makes regular payments to the noncustodial parent to meet the basic needs of the child.
Child support orders can also be enforced by a judge through income withholding. This includes the noncustodial parent’s wages, overtime pay, worker’s compensation, and retirement benefits. The court may also order the noncustodial parent to pay a lump sum of money and place him or her in jail until the amount is paid in full. The court may also suspend the noncustodial parent’s license.
Children can be placed in foster care if the custodial parent does not pay child support. Generally, in these cases, both parents must pay child support. In some cases, the custodial parent may also get child support from the non-custodial parent. However, child support is not always easy to enforce, and some cases are complicated.
Hiring a good child support lawyer can be helpful in a child support case. The lawyer will use his or her financial expertise to help you present the best evidence possible in the court. He or she will also review the financial documents related to income and expenses. Finally, the lawyer can help prepare arguments and advise whether a trial is worth the time and money.
Child support enforcement methods vary from state to state, but many have proven effective. In some states, automatic income withholding is mandatory and employers are required to report new hires to child support agencies. Other states use debt-driven enforcement methods to collect payments in a lump sum. These methods can help prevent single payments and improve the child’s welfare. The Office of Child Support Services has more than $700 million in annual revenue to ensure a healthy environment for children.