How Does Child Support Work?

One of the most contentious issues in family law is child support. How child support works is a very common question asked by those who are planning or facing divorce. Child support laws in most states are fairly fixed without taking into account the actual child-related expenses of both spouses.

In most states child support awards take into account the individual earnings of the spouses, the number of children they have, and the percentage of time that the children are under the control and care of each parent. The court normally doesnt care about the amount paid in rent, the mortgage, and the couple’s individual living expenses. Sometimes, the court takes into account certain child-related expenses that it may deem extra-ordinary, such as sports lesson expenses, but then that’s the exception and not the rule.

If the other parent of your child does not voluntarily pay the support required by the court, you may get child support by seeking the assistance of your local Child Support Enforcement Agency. This agency helps any parent whose former spouse refuses to pay the child support. If you have not received your most recent payment for child support, you may file a child support action.

What Can a Mediator Do to Help a Divorcing Couple?

A family law mediator is specially trained to help divorcing spouses obtain a resolution to their divorce issues. The mediator is responsible for facilitating the communication between both parties during the mediation process to ensure that each party is provided with uninterrupted time to speak. The mediator also asks questions to make the points of each party clearer, and requests any party to repeat the statement or explain a point if necessary. Also, the mediator gives information about how the legal system works, how the judge may view the couple’s issues, and potential alternatives for resolving issues. The mediator will then help the couple find ways to resolve the matter in a way that’s acceptable to both of them.