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After the Divorce: 5 Crucial Facts About Child Support

After your divorce is final, you’ll probably be feeling relieved to be free of your marriage. But you still have obligations to your children, and one of those is child support.

There are a few things that many parents don’t realize about child support. Here are five important facts to know about the process:

1. It’s Based on Calculation

Child support figures are not numbers pulled from thin air based on a judge’s whims. There are financial forms to be filled out and numbers are crunched in order to come up with the fair amounts to be paid.

2. It’s Not Stagnant

If your circumstances change, a lawyer can help convince the court to deviate from standard child support guidelines and get child support modified. It’s important to hire a lawyer, such as Christopher  Dionisio or any in your area, to represent you.

3. Both Parents Pay Child Support

Many people mistakenly believe that only one parent pays child support because one parent typically writes a check or has the child support taken from their paycheck. The truth of the matter is, both parents support their children.

Child support paid in a weekly or monthly sum from one parent to the other is simply that parent, ensuring their share of the money required to support the children, is available for the children’s needs. The other parent (usually the custodial parent) is paying child support as well; they just pay for the child’s needs as things come up, rather than sending a large sum to their ex.

4. Failure to Pay Can Get You in Trouble

A child support order is like any other court order. If you fail to pay, it can be enforced. A judge can issue an order for back payment of child support, issue a lien against your property or possessions, or hold you in contempt and order you to serve time in jail.

5. Child Support and Visitation Are Distinct

A parent cannot be denied visitation for failure to pay child support. Child support and visitation are two distinct matters and one cannot be used against the other by a parent in an attempt to get their way.

If you are behind on child support, and your ex is refusing visitation, you can ask that the visitation order be enforced, even though you are behind.

Child support is critical to the health and well-being of your children. Parents should be happy to support their children, but they should also be aware of their rights in relation to paying support.

Tim Esterdahl

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