The Function Of Child Support
Children can be a wonderful blessing, but they also take a commitment of resources, love and time to raise. If you and your spouse are separating, deciding how to continue raising your children may be a challenge. On top of this, going from a two-income household to a single-income household is difficult for anyone, especially for those supporting children.
The purpose of child support is to provide resources to the parent with custody so they can provide their children with a safe and healthy environment. If you and your spouse are going through a divorce or separation, an experienced family law attorney can help you advocate for you and your children. At The Law Office of Jennifer J. McCaskill, LLC, we’re proud to help residents of Red Bank get through one of the most difficult challenges in their lives. Whether you’re going through divorce now or just considering it, give us a call. We’ll give you honest advice you can trust.
How Child Support Is Determined
The amount of child support that can be ordered depends on the net income of the couple and the lifestyle they enjoyed prior to their divorce. However, the amount most likely won’t exceed what’s considered necessary for the child. Expenses such as summer camp, private school, a bar mitzvah, lavish vacations and other unnecessary costs will most likely not be considered in child support payments.
Modifying Support Payments
In addition, if your financial situation changes after you’ve established a payment schedule, child support can be modified to reflect your new circumstances. Your payment could either increase or decrease, depending on whether you are making more or less money than you were before.