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Calculating Child Support

Calculating Child Support

Posted By Meyers Law Group, P.C. || 27-May-2013

Depending on the state you live in, how much child support you will receive or have to pay will be determined. However, there are general requirements that will be taken into consideration in order to determine the calculations you deserve. One of the first factors that are taken into account are whether the parents of the children have sole or joint custody, as this will make a large difference in how much one parent owes the other.

For example, if you are given joint custody with your ex, how much either one of you pays in support will largely rest on how much is being earned by each of you as well as how much time the children spend with each of the parents. How then is child support calculated?

There are a number of factors that need to be taken into account, first of which being how much support the individual child needs. This would include any form of medical care, education, insurance, as well as special needs they may have. Next, the court will take into account the specific needs of the parent who has custody over the children, as well as their total income.

If a mother was living as a stay at home mom for the last decade, and yet was awarded custody, the court would likely offer her a greater support amount because of her lack of income. Another aspect that will be considered for support is the ability and current income of the parent who is going to be paying the support. They will need to have enough to live off of alone, and the court will take into account whatever their needs are when calculating the child support totals. Lastly, the court will determine the family's standard of living and base their decisions around what the children or spouses are used to living like prior to the divorce.

To learn more about child support, you may be looking for a Long Island divorce attorney and at the Meyers Law Group, we can help you. Call us today!