A Child Support Attorney Can Help You Secure Money for Your Child's Needs
Understanding the Basics of Child Support
Child support is a source of financial income for a child, provided for them by a parent or parents who do not live under the same roof. Usually paid in the form of monthly installments, this financial support is intended to help a custodial parent or guardian cover expenses related to raising that child. These expenditures commonly include the cost of food, clothes, and medical bills, but can cover a wide range of other expenses, as well. An order for child support usually follows a divorce or a determination of paternity.
Distinct from alimony, child support is legally allotted to the child rather than their custodian. While a custodian is typically responsible for managing the money, it is not intended for any of their own expenses. Consequently, in the eyes of the law, a child is entitled to share the current income of both their parents – regardless of how much their current custodian makes.
With high rates of divorce and children born to unmarried parents, ensuring and regulating child support is an important issue in the US. A child’s well-being should not suffer because their parent is not willing to pay.
A child is entitled to share the current income of both their parents – regardless of how much their current custodian makes.
Factors Affecting the Total
Determining the appropriate amount for child support is decided by a mathematical calculation approved by the state. However, a number of factors are also taken into consideration:
- Number of children
- Physical, mental, and emotional needs of children
- Standard of living and economic circumstances of each parent
- All sources of income and assets for each parent
- Age and health of children and parents
- Income, assets and earning ability of the child
The amount of child support due is entirely dependent on the situation of the parents. If circumstances change, then a court order or a mutual agreement between the parents can revise the original amount at any time. A lost job, a new apartment, and college expenses can radically change the financial situation. Even if no such changes occur, the total is usually reviewed at least once every two years, to adjust for the cost of living.
Unfortunately, many non-custodial parents fail or refuse to pay child support. In such cases, the court can enforce payment in a number of ways:
- Interest rates on unpaid support
- Garnished wages
- Warrant for arrest
- Loss of driving privileges
- Loss of tax refunds or other assets
Our Firm Can Help
The team of attorneys at Snyder Sarno D'Aniello Maceri da Costa LLC is dedicated to ensuring that both your rights and those of your child are protected. Contact us today to set up a consultation and discuss your case with an experienced lawyer.