Child Support, as with all family law issues, can be very
complicated, which are best represented with the assistance and
guidance of a qualified
Support Attorney - Lawyer. Child Support cases should
handled in a delicate manner, and with the utmost discretion.
Child Support is payment from one spouse to another for
support of the
children after a divorce or separation. Normally, child support stops
when a child turns 18 years old, unless the child is still a full-time
student. If the child is a full-time student, the child support can
continue until the child turns 21 years old. Child support cannot be
discharged in bankruptcy and is not considered as income by the
receiving parent or as a tax deduction by the paying parent.
federal government requires all states to adopt child support
guidelines. The formula takes into consideration custody arrangements,
how much parenting time each parent has, the income of the parents, the
total number of children, unusual medical expenses, day care expenses,
and insurance, among other factors. The result of the computation is
called the "basic" support amount, which can be adjusted by the court
based on several unusual items. Many states have child support
enforcement divisions, which can help get child support by bringing
actions in court to get child support orders, locating deadbeat parents
and getting their income and employment information.
When Does Child Support End?
general, child support obligations will terminate once the child reach
the age of majority, unless the child is in college (in which case the
parent is still obligated), or if the child has been declared
emancipated by a court. Child support obligations will also terminate if
a parents rights and responsibilities are terminated, because, for
instance, the child is adopted by someone else.
Who has to pay Child Support?
Generally, child support is paid by the noncustodial parent, as the
custodial parents obligations and responsibilities are fulfilled by
having custody. This doesnt necessarily mean that a mother would not
have to pay child support to a father who has custody the mother has
the same duty as the father would if he didnt have sole custody.
Moreover, an unmarried father who is acknowledged as the biological
father will also be responsible for paying child support.