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Child Support – Moms and Dads going through Separation and Divorce, should read this!

Child support is a crucial aspect of family law that aims to ensure the financial well-being of children after their parents’ separation or divorce. The specifics can vary by state or province or other jurisdiction. Having practiced Family Mediation for 25 years helping separated parents resolve their issues, there are several primary considerations that typically pertain to child support for both moms and dads.

Firstly, the determination of child support is typically based on the income of both parents. This can lead to disputes over the accuracy of reported income, especially for self-employed individuals or those with fluctuating incomes. Ensuring transparency and fairness in income reporting is essential to establish an appropriate child support amount. While one or both parents are in pain, remember, so too are your children. They deserve honesty.

Secondly, the calculation of child support takes into account various factors such as the child’s needs, the standard of living the child would have had if the parents were together, and the financial capacity of each parent. Disputes may arise regarding the interpretation of these factors and their application to specific cases. When parents separate their personal expenses usually increase. There are now 2 residences, 2 sets of utility bills and the previous family discounts on (for example) car insurance for 2 people, typically increases.

Thirdly, enforcement of child support orders can be a significant issue, particularly when a parent fails to make payments. This can lead to financial difficulties for the other parent and child(ren). Efforts to enforce child support orders may involve wage garnishment or other legal actions.

Fourthly, modification of child support orders may be necessary due to changes in circumstances, such as changes in income or the needs of the child. However, seeking a modification can be a complex and challenging process, requiring legal assistance.

Lastly, the emotional impact of child support disputes on both parents and children should not be overlooked. Conflict over child support can strain parent-child relationships and create additional stress during an already difficult time. Effective communication and mediation can help mitigate these issues and prioritize the best interests of the child.

In conclusion, child support is a multifaceted issue that involves various legal, financial, and emotional considerations for both moms and dads. Seeking legal advice and support can be crucial for navigating these challenges and ensuring the well-being of all parties involved.

Please remember……Children Do Well, When Parents Do Well!