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How will child support be determined in my case?

Since we brought our children into this world, we have an obligation to make sure they have everything they need to thrive. While you're married, that's an easy thing to do. You have a conversation about what the child needs and you buy it together. In a divorce, a mediator or the courts will help you decide these matters.

So if you and your spouse fail to come to an agreement on child support during mediation, how will the courts determine how much you will pay/receive? These are some of the factors the court will consider:

  • The income of each parent.
  • The costs of taking care of the children. This includes essentials like food, clothing and a roof over their heads.
  • The price of dental and health insurance for the child.
  • Any school related costs.
  • The courts don't want the child to just survive, so they may include costs for extracurricular activities.
  • If the child has a disability, the associated costs may be reflected in the child support obligations.

More than any individual consideration, the courts will filter everything through one test: is it in the best interests of the child?

No two divorce cases are exactly the same. If you're going through a divorce and you have questions about how child support will be determined, a family law attorney may be able to help walk you through the process.

If the courts have already ordered you to pay child support but you've experienced a life change that's made it hard to keep up, an attorney may also be able to help you get a child support modification.

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