The amount of child support that you and your former spouse have to pay to each other is based on the standard of living the child enjoyed before the divorce. In order to determine the amount, the court will ask you to fill out a financial form that includes details of your monthly income and expenses. This will help the court determine the best amount for your child.
When you file for a child support modification, the court will use the Child Support Guideline to determine the amount of child support that will be paid. This guideline also takes into account daycare expenses. You will want to bring proof of these expenses when you file your Motion to Modify. In general, a modification will order an additional $50 per month for your child.
If you want to win your child support case, it is best to hire a lawyer. An experienced child support lawyer will be able to present the best evidence in court. A lawyer will examine financial documents and other documents that pertain to income and expenses. Additionally, a lawyer will be able to advise you on whether you should go to trial or not.
Child support is usually paid by the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent. It covers the child’s living expenses and educational costs. If a parent has shared residential custody, both parents are expected to pay child support. The amount varies depending on the circumstances of the situation. Parents can also have joint residential custody and be obligated to pay child support to both parents.
Once a child support order has been in place for three years, it can be modified. There must be a substantial change in the parents’ circumstances to make the modification possible. A difference of 15% or more between the amount paid under the existing order and what is calculated using the guidelines is considered a substantial change. If you’re represented by a CSE agency, contact your caseworker to file for a modification. If you aren’t represented by a lawyer, you can file a motion to modify your child support order with a form that you can obtain. Once the motion has been filed, a judge will schedule a hearing in which you can present your documentation.
Child support is an important part of public finances. When paid properly, it helps reduce the costs of public assistance programs, such as food stamps and Medicaid. Furthermore, it helps foster better relationships between the parents and can discourage divorce. However, you must understand the law before filing your case. If you’re considering filing for child support, be sure to read the Handbook carefully to understand how your state enforces it.
The law states that a parent has a legal obligation to financially support their minor child until they are at least 18 years of age. This means that the obligation will last until your child reaches adulthood or completes high school. If your child has disabilities that limit the amount of work they can do, the court may order a child support payment extension until he reaches the age of 18.
If your child support payments are late, a support magistrate will hold a hearing to determine the amount of support you have to pay. He will determine if the support is appropriate for the child and will set a schedule for regular payments. The court may also require that you pay support directly to the petitioner if you fail to meet your obligation.