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When parents decide to separate and go different ways, it doesn’t mean they have no responsibility over their children. In some cases, the court may order the non-custodial parent to pay child support to the other to cover any expenses related to child upbringing.
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Understanding Child Support
What is child support?
Child support is a financial requirement sanctioned by the court to the non-custodial parent to provide financial support for their children when two parents divorce. Both parents have a financial responsibility towards the welfare of their children, and when they separate, the one not living with the children has to support the one living with them to cater for their needs.
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How To Calculate Child Support Payments
Child Support Percentages
Child support requires both the custodial and non-custodial parents to contribute financially towards their children’s care. A family court or Supreme Court may determine the extent of child support when parents open a case. The parents may also agree on the details of support and draft a settlement agreement together.
Child support only applies to children under 21 years, non-emancipated and unmarried. The number of qualifying children determines how much of the parents’ combined income would fall under basic support obligation.
Parental combined income includes wages or salaries, Social Security, worker’s compensation, and unemployment benefits, among other earnings. The court deducts the children’s health insurance payments, FICA tax payments, and child support due for other children. It then combines the final figures from each parent to arrive at the parental combined income.
As for the obligation of the non-custodial parent, their contribution depends on their percentage of the parental income. For example, if the non-custodial parent is the mother, and her income makes up 65% of the combined income, the court expects her to pay 65% of the basic support obligation as set by the state.
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How an attorney can help with child support matters
If you are a parent wondering how to go about the issue of child support, or are owed child support and have not received payment yet, you can consult a professional and reliable attorney. An attorney can also help you obtain the child support order if you don’t already have it. If you are looking for an experienced attorney, please contact us for more information.