You may be one of those parents wondering if you are qualified to receive child support from the “other parent”. You may also be one of those parents who do pay child support but would have questions as to how to pay it. The following are factors to consider in child support help.
Who Pays for Child Support?
Child support help would generally be paid for by a “noncustodial” parent, a single father with established legal paternity, and by an ex-partner who has agreed to pay for child support anyway. Other special considerations also apply.
The “noncustodial parent” would be the parent who does not primarily reside with the child. The “custodial parent”, on the other hand is the primary caregiver of the child, the parent who primarily lives with the child and is usually entitled to child support help from the noncustodial parent.
Generally, child support help would benefit the child or the custodial parent until: (1) he or she reaches “age of majority”; (2) the parent’s responsibilities and rights have been terminated; (3) the child has been declared as “emancipated”; and (4) he child is now on active military duty.
Other individuals who are supposed to pay for child support help are noncustodial parents who would not want to take part in the care of their children; noncustodial parents kept away from their children; fathers who never married but who is a legal parent of a child; separated or divorced couples who have agreed in a child support help system; and any noncustodian man nor woman separated from his or her partner who has a child.
Paying for Child Support
In paying for child support, remember that there are certain contributory factors to the payment of child support according to state, living expenses, parent’s incomes, and the special and basic needs of children. Often, these state guidelines calculate how much child support should be given by a parent. In some instances, there are exceptions and special considerations according to how the courts or a family judge sees the situation. Judges wil usually review income statements and financial sheets completed by the parent in detail that lists all the sources of income and expenses before reaching the net child support to be given regularly by the noncustodian parent.
The payment of child support help is largely dependent on the income of the noncustodian parent. This universal standard states that child support is fundamentally “income driven” and thus, it is significant for parents to know what composes the legal definition of “income” under child support guidelines and what funds can be derived as income.
Other Considerations in Child Support
The most important factor in considering child support help would be the unique discrepancies per state in setting child support. Other situations affect child support like college expenses, summer vacation, mode of payment of support and joint custody situations and informal out-of-court agreements.