Child Support is monetary compensation from one parent of the child(ren) to the primary caregiver of the child(ren). Child support is used to financially support the child(ren) and provide for the things that the child(ren) need. The court will look to the best interests of the child as to ensuring that the arrangement is as fair as possible. Remember that a paternity test is always required, if a parent wants to seek child support. As part of the child support agreement, the parents may also designate the parent who will be responsible for providing medical insurance (if available to the parent and at a reasonable cost) for the child(ren). In addition, any daycare expenses and out of pocket uncovered medical expenses are taken into consideration under the child support calculation.
The amount of your child support obligation is determined by state mandated statutory guidelines. These guidelines consider the incomes of the parties, the court will also take into consideration any support obligations for other child(ren), child care costs and payment of health insurance costs for coverage of the child(ren). It is important to remember that the Court retains jurisdiction over all custody and child support matters until a child is emancipated. Therefore, your child support obligation may change if your income changes, or if you marry and become responsible for your new spouse’s children, or if you have additional children yourself.