Child Support: Determining the arrangements
Divorce is a testing and trying time for anyone involved, especially children. It is important that both parties involved consider how their actions towards each other will affect their children and try put aside animosity and keep the situation as stress free as possible for them.Whichever party is granted custody of the children must be in a position to house, feed and educate them and that cannot be achieved without a sustained regular income.
Children under the age of 18 are considered minors and must be supported financially until they reach the age of 18. There are also situations where the child may need supported beyond the age of 18 as is often the case where college education is involved.
Regardless of what irreconcilable differences the parents have encountered resulting in the need for divorce, and regardless of whether both parents had even decided to have the children, they are both responsible for the children.
The best way to move things forward during the divorce process would be for the divorcing couple to make amicable arrangements to financially support the children. Unfortunately in many situations a parent will fail to pay their share, or another parent might become too greedy, resulting in the need for the court to get involved.
Once the court becomes involved in working out the child support arrangements, then it will look closely and carefully into the income and expenditure of both parents. Ensuring that the children can be properly supported through a fair and equal resolution is the priority of the court, and the court has a lot of power in this respect.
The personal finances of each parent will be closely examined by the court, with particular attention being paid to the expenditures. If the court determines that a parent has outgoing funds being applied to unnecessary items, those amounts are typically moved and given towards the support for the children. Although each parent is typically left with enough income to live on, the items that are not essential for daily living are usually eliminated because the court treats financial support for the children as a priority.
Once a court has made a decision on the amount of child support then the monies must be paid to the person who has been awarded custody on a timely basis. If a person is unable to make the payment then it is necessary for him or her to contact the other party and the court and explain their position.
A court will review the amount that is needed for child support every now and again and has the powers to alter it should either parent's financial situation alter. This can be an increase or a decrease, depending on personal circumstances.
A court also has the power to get the parents to purchase a life insurance policy, so that in the event of the death of either parent the children will still get the financial support they need.
The parent's obligations are clear; the children have the right to expect to be looked after throughout their childhood lives and possibly beyond. Your divorce is not the fault of your children.
The Tampa child support attorneys at Fernandez Law Group always represent the best interests of our clients and if you have any questions about child support or are facing a divorce or need a divorce attorney in Tampa, we look forward to providing you with solid representation and results.
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Content authored by Frank Fernandez