Child Support and Parenting Time
What Is Child Support?
Child support is an essential mandatory determination in any divorce matter or legal proceeding involving the financial obligation of parents for their minor children. Whether negotiating child support issues in a settlement-oriented legal matter or whether the judge is making the final decision in a litigated matter, the goal should be the same: to fairly and accurately determine the amount of support the non-custodial parent (the parent with less time with the children) should pay the custodial parent (the parent with the majority of time with the children) to properly and adequately take care of the children’s maintenance and education during the children’s minority. The child support calculation takes into consideration the parents’ financial resources and the needs of the children and applies the statutory child support provisions, including the applicable Worksheet A/B and related case law.
Child support issues can be fairly straightforward or extremely complicated depending on the parents’ sources of income, employment complexities, and financial complications, type of needs of the children and other underlying facts and circumstances.
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