Divorce is a difficult thing to go through, for both parties involved. But it’s especially hard for children of broken families, which is why understanding child support is so important. This article will help you go about the process.
When to Apply for Child Support
It is recommended that parents apply for child support as early on as possible. Parents can apply for child support either after their separation or during their divorce proceedings. All you need to do is hire a child support lawyer to help you with the application. They can apply for custody and child support at the same time, or even after the divorce is final.
Child support payments
The parent who has custody of the child is due to receive continuous child support from their spouse, and they may continue to receive this child support even if they remarry. A biological father must legally support his child financially even if he isn’t married to the child’s mother, or even if he never had a relationship with her. His denial of being the biological father gives the mother the right to demand the court to ask him for a paternity test.
A support agreement is needed to pay child support. This can either be created by the parents themselves, using the Child Support Guidelines, and have a divorce lawyer sign and put everything in writing, or they can go to a mediator and get the support agreement arranged.
When to Stop Paying Child Support
A parent will legally cease to be obligated to pay child support when the child turns eighteen years of age and is no longer a dependent, or if the child seeks emancipation after the age of sixteen years. You should note that you can sometimes be required to pay for an extended period especially if your kids have to go to college and they can’t support themselves.
Remember that divorce is a long, drawn-out process that requires Careful thought and consideration. If you have children and are getting divorced, consider sitting down with your partner to discuss all your child support and custody options before going to court.
To make the process easy and avoid airing your dirty linens in public, have the divorce negotiations with your former spouse. You should hire a family lawyer to act as a witness. It’s only after you have failed to agree should you now go to court.