Understanding child support in divorce cases

On Behalf of | Feb 20, 2024 | Collaborative Law |

Divorce is a challenging process, especially when children become involved. One central aspect to consider is child support.

Child support is financial assistance provided by one parent to the other for the care and well-being of their child. It is important to go over a few key points to understand child support.

Determining child support

Child support is typically determined based on the parents’ financial situation and the needs of the child. Courts consider a number of factors when deciding how much support the non-custodial parent owes. According to New Hampshire Statutes, guidelines used to calculate child support take into account the number of children, the income of both parents, medical costs and other factors. Online calculators and worksheets are available to help estimate child support amounts.

Child support orders can become modified if there are significant changes in circumstances, such as a change in income or the child’s needs. It is important to follow the proper procedures to request a modification.

Enforcing child support

If a parent fails to pay child support as ordered, there are legal remedies available. These include wage garnishment, tax refund interception and the suspension of a driver’s license or professional license. These penalties highlight the importance of staying current.

Parents approaching the divorce process should review their obligations and options with respect to child support. Remember, child support aims to provide for the child’s needs and ensure their well-being. It is necessary for both parents to fulfill their financial responsibilities to support their child’s upbringing.