Colorado Springs-based legal firm Marrison Family Law believes that divorce cases don’t need to be a hassle for everybody. It’s about two people going through two different paths in their lives. In a sense, everything must be made easy and comfortable for the parties involved in the divorce. While it’s easier to fight for who gets the car and the house, it’s getting the custody of the child, and the child support involved that somehow increases the complexity of divorce cases.
Frequently asked questions about child support
Child support itself is a complicated territory of divorce, says Marrison Family Law. This is something that almost certainly needs to have legal counsel involved. However, the Colorado Springs-based firm lists down the most-asked questions about child support in divorce proceedings.
1. Who pays the child support? The mother or the father?
According to Marrison Family Law, whoever pays for child support disregards the concept of sex. A mother has to pay for child support if the court orders them to. The typical arrangement for such is that the non-custodial parent would have to pay the custodial parent for child support. There are cases where a custodial parent may have to pay the non-custodial parent as well. There can also be an arrangement where no party has to pay for child support, although the Courts will still have the final say on that matter, whether the said arrangement is fair for both parties.
2. How much should you pay for child support?
All the states in America use civil statutes to regulate child support payments, says Marrison Family Law. However, not every state use the same calculation model for determining child support payments. Most states use the “income shares model,” which takes into consideration both parties’ annual income and the number of children affected by the divorce. Other states use the “percentage of income model,” which takes a flat or specific percentage of the non-custodial parent and the number of children into the calculation for child support. In other words, it all depends on where you live and how many children do you have.
3. Are alimony and child support the same or different?
According to Marrison Family Law, child support is defined as periodic payments at the end of a marriage made by a parent for the financial benefit of the child. The key person here, the child, is what sets child support apart from alimony. The latter is a similar concept but is more about the legal obligation of a person to their spouse before or after legal separation or divorce regardless of whether they have a child or not. So, there can be a chance that you pay for both alimony and child support.
With child support, the divorcing parties are ensuring that even though they’re separating from each other, the child or the children will not be financially affected or burdened by the situation. Divorce can be simple and amicable, but it can be brutal and warlike as well, depending on the situation. However, the children mustn’t be hit by the whiplash of the end of marriage.
Let Marrison Family Law help you with your divorce proceedings. Contact us today to book a consultation with a family law attorney.