Child support payments are usually figured according to certain
guidelines. Most states have a formula to determine a minimum
payment. A lot of lawyers can help their clients figure out
what their payment will be with a child support calculator.
Child support determination takes into account the incomes
of both parents. Income taxes, Medicare and Social Security
taxes, health insurance premiums, and other expenses are deducted
from the parents’ gross income before child support is calculated.
In most cases, parents have to provide proof of income, such
as pay stubs, tax returns, and profit/loss statements. This
prevents people from hiding income which should be included
in the calculation of child support.
Along with both parents’ incomes, the child support calculation
takes into consideration other factors, such as the time that
a child spends with each parent, the number of children the
parents have, and any special circumstances such as disability
or medical expenses. Computing child support can be complicated,
and the formula can vary widely from state to state. Some
states use computer programs to determine the amount, and
others use different methods. A local lawyer can help you
with child support matters.
Divorce is hardest on the children, and they still need the
love and support of both parents. That’s why child support
programs are in place- to help maintain a standard of living
for the kids, to make the breakup as easy as possible on them.