There are a whole host of things to consider during a divorce. Your children and their wellbeing should be one of the first and foremost considerations. Depending on your custodial arrangement, child support may be legally mandated. Klok Family Law is here to help you and your family, make the best decisions during this unfortunate time.
Why child support?
Inevitably, divorce splits up the home your child once knew. Some families will arrange for joint custody, where parents take turns maintaining physical custody of their children. In other cases, the court will grant sole custody to one parent while possibly leaving the other with only visitation rights. Regardless of which custodial scenario you and your family have decided upon, the notion that legally both parents are financially responsible for the child remains the same. Consequently, child support exists.
We are well aware that children cost money; ranging from small expenses like food and toiletries, to larger expenses like healthcare and college. Child support exists to protect the custodial parent (the parent who is permanently or temporarily responsible for the physical wellbeing of the child) from incurring 100% of these expenses.
Uses of child support
Child support is intended to cover the costs of raising a child. This includes meals, clothing, shelter, toiletries, insurance, healthcare, gifts, education, sports, supplies, and any other cost that is necessary to rear a child and provide him or her with a life of opportunity.
The payments are to explicitly benefit only the child. A parent using child support payments for their own benefit is in direct violation of the law. If you have any questions or concerns about how payments are to be used, do not hesitate to contact an experienced child support lawyer at Klok Family Law for clarification.
Determining the appropriate amount of child support
It is typically court mandated, and is often a by-product of divorce. The court will take many things into consideration when determining the amount of child support payments, including:
- Number and age of children
- Cost of living based on residence
- Income of both parents
- Special needs of children
- Custodial arrangement
The final amount is determined on a state-by-state basis. Each state has its own guidelines and models for calculating the payment, typically driven by income. Our child support attorneys are knowledgeable in South Carolina State Law and will insure that your child is receiving the support that they need.
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Obtaining child support
Support is paid in a variety of ways. In the case of larger expenses such as school tuition, the payee can make these payments directly.
Otherwise, child support typically comes in the form of a fixed-cost monthly check. Most states may require that the payments be made through the local enforcement agency if the party responsible for making payments is late or has missed payment. This allows the government to track payments and insure that both parties are upholding their court mandated divorce orders. Once the payment is recorded, the government will then distribute the child support payment via check or direct deposit.
Child support is intended to do just that: support children. As you consider your divorce and the impact that it may have on your children, be sure to consult an experienced child support lawyer today at Klok Family Law to get help.