What Should I Know About Child Support?
Nearly 800,000 divorces are filed throughout the United States in any given year. Many of the people who choose divorce are parents of minor children, meaning part of their conversation about how to proceed will likely involve the topic of child support.
Child support can be incredibly important for everyone involved. Yet far too often it is portrayed in everyday life and the media as an issue of major contention. This does not have to be the case, especially when divorcing parents work with compassionate family law attorneys who help them take measures to make child support about the child and not the money.
Why Child Support Is Necessary
Many divorcing parties wonder why a court has to intervene when it comes to parenting money matters. Unfortunately, attempts to make and enforce verbal agreements can backfire, creating a stressful situation for all involved – with children often getting caught in the middle. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the court to consider how a divorce will change all elements of a child’s post-divorce lifestyle. For example, the child will no longer be living with parents who can pool their income to afford the best choices. This can lead to a serious dip in the custodial parent’s ability to secure safe housing or transportation.
Child support helps even the playing field by ensuring that the child’s needs are still met regardless of the divorce. Courts look at several aspects of the divorce, including which parent will have primary custody. The parent who spends less than half the time with the children will be ordered to pay child support to assist with everyday expenses including clothes, housing, healthcare, food, education, and even entertainment.
Not a Cut and Dry Proposition
Of course, every divorce is unique. In some divorces, parents juggle the responsibility of raising their children almost 50-50. Therefore, attorneys and their clients have to be very judicious in outlining a fair child support arrangement in the divorce decree.
States do have laws in place to help guide the process. These laws may set caps on the amount that a non-custodial parent pays based on the income of both parents. And circumstances can sometimes change, necessitating that the original child support amount be recalculated to reflect the change.
Best Interests of the Child
Ultimately, parents who decide to divorce from one another are not divorcing from their children. In fact, they should look at child support as a way to ensure that the best interests of their children are met throughout their childhood. Certainly, it can be difficult for parents to avoid fighting over child support. Help from knowledgeable legal professionals can smooth the way for less friction and a better outcome.
Bucks County Divorce Lawyers at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. Work With Parents to Establish and Enforce Child Support Orders
Even amicable divorces suddenly can turn tense when the issue of child support comes into play. If you are a parent going through or contemplating divorce, contact the Bucks County divorce lawyers at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. before making a decision regarding child support. Contact us online or call 888-999-1962 to schedule a free initial consultation at our offices in Philadelphia, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, or in Pinehurst, North Carolina. We proudly serve clients throughout the surrounding areas.