If your marriage is ending and you have children, it will be necessary for either you or your spouse to pay child support. There are a number of factors that are considered when it comes to the individual that will be financially responsible for doing this. Knowing the methods that are relied on to determine which parent makes these payments is ideal to know if you are faced with this unfortunate dilemma.
Of course, when it comes to supporting the child, the wages of each of the parent will be closely examined. It is common for the parent who make the most money to contribute the largest amount to the financial well-being of the child.
There are exceptions to this rule, and one would be if the child is living with the parent who makes the most. In this case, the other parent should contribute some to the rearing of the child.
The Child's' Needs
The amount of child support that is paid will be based on several factors, and these are listed below:
- The age of the child.
- If there are any special medical conditions, such as a handicap, that would require more support.
- When there is more than one child in the family that requires financial assistance, this could affect how much is paid.
- The educational requirements for the child. If, for some reason, this person must attend a special or private school this could cause the cost of care to increase.
The court will closely examine each individual and then determine how much money should be paid on a monthly basis.
The Work History
Places where each parent has worked in the past will be reviewed. Additionally, the education of each of the spouses will be evaluated to assist in determining who has the greatest amount of earning potential for the future.
The courts want to feel confident that the parent selected to pay the child support can do so long-term to avoid any payments being missed that could affect the quality of life for this person.
Finally, it is critical for the physical and financial well-being of the child to have the right amount of support from one of the parents. Take the time to discuss this process with your child custody attorney to know all the details that are involved when it comes to who pays and how much should be paid in this situation.
To learn more, contact a company like Patton Hoversten & Berg PA with any questions or concerns you have.