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Child support is a part of the child custody service that is incredibly important to understand as a payment.

It details a financial obligation you have to support your child throughout their early life, and a court will rule that you pay a certain amount each month to the custodial parent.

If the court rules that you have to pay child support, you will need to pay this fee for your child either reaches adulthood or if the court decides the child is emancipated.

If at some point during this period both parents feel that you no longer need to pay child support, you can be released from this.

Modification of Child Support

We may be getting ahead of ourselves here. We also realize that many of you are reading this because your life situation has changed (or that of your ex spouse), and you feel that your current child support obligation is unfair.

There are ways to modify child support but they usually require you to meet certain conditions.

These could be financial, life circumstances, and time requirements during your divorce.

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How is Child Support Decided?

As with most things, every state has different rules for the payment of child support and slightly different regulations to follow. However, the decision of how child support will be paid is something that comes down to multiple factors. 

The decision starts at the custody stage of the court system, where the custodial parent will be decided upon. As the custodial parent, it is assumed that they will pay for their child, and therefore it is down to the other parent to make up a deficit and support the care of their child 

If the custodial parent is a stay-at-home parent or one who works part-time, child support payment from the other parent will reflect the fact that the custodial parent probably won’t be able to afford the full payments.

Joint Child Custody & Placement

A lot of the time when a child custody battles happen, one parent will gain full custody of the child.

But what happens if the parents gain joint custody of their child?

In this case, calculating the child support that will be paid will count on a few factors. The first of this is the percentage of joint income that each parent contributed to when they were together.

Often one parent will earn more than the other and this means that they can afford to pay more for their child. As well as this, the decision is made on the percentage of time that a parent actually has custody of their child in a week.

If one parent has the child for 4 days and one for 3, the one who has the child for 4 days will pay less as they require more support from the other parent. 

Support Factors to Consider

Child support will depend on factors such as income, whether the child ever lived with the parent, and the resources of the custodial parent. As well as this, these things are considered:

  • Wages
  • Tips
  • Commissions
  • Bonuses
  • Self-employment earnings
  • Disability payments
  • Social Security benefits
  • Unemployment benefits
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Pensions


Once these things are calculated, a decision will be made for the payment of child support and each parent will have to agree to keep up with this obligation until the end of the term, or if it is agreed that it is no longer required.

Remember that child support is for the benefit of your children and continuing to raise them properly as you would want. Child support is not a life sentence of payment obligations.


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