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What is Child Support?

Child support is a very important component to many divorce settlements. It is also common in situations when the parents of a child are not involved in a romantic relationship and when one parent is refusing to make payments to support the child.

Child support refers to monthly scheduled payments that are ordered by the family court system meant to assist the parent awarded primary custody of a child following a divorce or paternity settlement. Child support is meant to help maintain and uphold a standard of living a quality of life that the child is accustomed to prior to a divorce.

The amount of child support that is awarded is based on several different factors. The first and primary concern of the courts is always the best interest of the child or children involved. The courts will also take the income of both parents into consideration when trying to determine an appropriate monthly payment sum. All sources of income are relevant in establishing a child support award. In cases where the spouse appealing for child support is already receiving alimony payments, it is likely that the child support payments will be adjusted accordingly.

In many cases, child support payments come under dispute. This is usually because the current amount is no longer viewed as appropriate by one parent or the other. There are some very legitimate reasons why a child support award should be reconsidered by the courts. For example, if there is a raise attained by one parent or if they lose their job, the courts will need to reassess the situation.

If you are trying to obtain child support for your child or feel that it is time to dispute your current child support settlement, it is important that you seek the counsel of an experienced family attorney. An attorney will be able to advise you whether your circumstances are appropriate to either apply or appeal a for a child support payment. Again, the courts will always rule in what is in the best interest of the children, and they care not for what will be of benefit to the parents. Child support is meant to be applied to the care of the child and not to be used for any other reason by a parent.

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