Child Support

child3Child Support is the amount of money paid by both parents to support your children in a divorce, legal separation or paternity matter. Both parents have a duty to provide financial support to your children. Child Support is paid by the non-primary residential parent (non-custodial parent) to the primary residential parent (custodial parent), or in a shared parenting agreement where both parents have significant amounts of time with the children by the parent with the greater income to the parent with the lesser income.

The legislature has determined a schedule and amount of child support based on combined monthly net incomes. Each parent’s child support obligation or “standard calculation” is determined pursuant to the child support schedule in proportion to their net monthly income.

Deviations from standard calculations may be granted by the court based on a child spending a significant amount of time with the obligated parent, known as a residential credit, children of a new relationship or marriage, known as a whole family deviation and for other considerations. The calculation of incomes, deductions and credits is complicated and an experienced attorney is necessary to obtain the best result.