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Child support is an issue that many parents deal with after divorce. Children are negatively impacted when their parent’s split up. Child support is designed to help children to maintain some portion of their former life. The absent parent or the one who does not have primary custody is often ordered to pay support in order to help care for children and ensure that they have everything that they need. The amount of support ordered is dependent on a number of different factors.
One thing that will affect how much child support is to be paid is the number of overnights that the absent parent has with the children. This is of course dependent on what state the parents live in. Different states have different rules governing child support payments and amounts. In general, when a child stays with the absent parent 50 percent of the time, child support payments are typically lower than average.
Often the largest determining factor in the amount of child support to be paid is the income of the absent parent. Child support is typically set at a specific percentage of the parent’s income per child. When more than one child is present, the support payments are higher but the actual percentage amounts may be a bit lower. This is something that can be difficult to determine for those without prior experience. When children are involved in divorce cases, it is often a good idea to retain an attorney with experience in dealing with child support issues in order to ensure that payment amounts are set properly.
An attorney with experience in these cases will be able to help the parent to set the proper amount and for those having difficulties in collecting child support, an experienced attorney can help to ensure that payments are made. If you are dealing with divorce and have children born of your marriage, it may be time to hire an attorney to advise you on your case.