Child Support: What It Is, Why One Needs It

Key Factors to Consider in Child Support Case

Child support is a contentious issue in many divorce cases. In this article, we will discuss the factors that affect child support and how they can be used to your advantage during negotiations. For example, if you have custody of your children more than 60% of the time, then you may be entitled to a greater percentage of child support from your ex-spouse. You should also know that there are some rules about who has to pay spousal/child support while one parent is incarcerated and it varies by state!

Child Support

Who is responsible for child support agreements?

The court will decide who is responsible for the child support agreements in a divorce case. It does not matter how long you have been married or whether one parent is more financially stable than the other, both parties are obliged to share responsibility and provide financial assistance as needed. The only exception might be if a custodial parent were receiving public assistance such as TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families). In that case, there may not be any need for spousal/child support payments from the non-custodial spouse because of this program’s existence.

How do judges determine what percentage each person pays?

Typically, parents with sole custody pay 100% of childcare costs while they are the main caregiver–but this can vary due to many reasons.

Judges typically base the amount of child support on a percentage of one parent’s income to make paying more fair. For example, if both parents earn $60,000 per year and each has custody for 50% of time with children then spousal/child support payments will be divided by two.