Every state has established child support guidelines that help determine child support payments after divorce. Both parents' obligation to support the children, needs of the child and each parent's ability to pay are taken into account when making child support agreements. The Child Support Enforcement Act of 1984 dictates that child support payments should be based upon parents' current income including wages, welfare benefits and income from assets such as stocks and bonds.
Primary factors generally considered when issuing child support:
Divorce courts may deviate from the state child support guidelines in some cases. Some special factors that may warrant an adjustment in child support include:
It's possible to modify child support if a change of circumstances has occurred. Parents may agree to modify child support or allow the divorce court to determine what modification is needed. Factors that may warrant modifying child support include:
A local divorce lawyer can explain the factors considered when determining child support obligations in your state. Protect your finances and your child's future by calling 877-349-1310 or filling out a divorce case review form to set up a preliminary consultation.
The above summary of child support factors is by no means all-inclusive and is not intended to provide legal advice. Laws may have changed since our last update. For the latest information on child support laws, speak to a divorce attorney in your area.