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Child Support

The Basics of Child Support: Divorce will never end the legal obligation for support. Each parent, although the bond of marriage has been broken, still retains a legal responsibility to provide adequate support until the child reaches the age of emancipation. The specific legal duties of support is based upon the needs of the child in conjunction with the abilities of the parents as dictated by income and assets owned.

Deciding Child Support: Child support, like many other elements in divorce, does not have to be decided by the court. Pretrial agreement is not uncommon, and is often the arrangement that is awarded by the court, otherwise typically the court will refer to state guidelines to determine the amount of support.

The Enforcement of Child Support: Child support payment is the one thing that is most often ignored post-divorce. Analysis of support has proven that the level of income does not influence the delinquency of payment. The resulting conclusion has shown that child support has become a power tool for the non-custodial parent. Quite often, this support delinquency is applied out of revenge or punishment directed to the custodial parent.

Child Support Frequently Asked Questions: Does child support exist without divorce? What are the primary parts of a support order? Should support payment stop if visitation is being prevented? These questions and more will be answered.