It is no secret that kids are expensive. There is ample data available
outlining the cost of raising a child, from birth through to college graduation.
The figures are staggering, and many families are opting to have only
one or two kids because the expense is too much to handle. And this is
the norm for a two-parent family, where both spouses work full time. When
a couple gets divorced, leaving one parent to bear most of the burden
of providing care for the kids, the family finances can really be squeezed.
This makes it all the more important to have a temporary order put in
place as soon as possible, so child support payments can begin.
The child support guidelines set forth rules on how an amount of support
is calculated. Things the Court takes into consideration include the income
of each parent, the custody arrangement, and the needs of the kids. In
some cases the Court will take into account special circumstances, such
as the instance of a child with special medical or physical needs. But,
for the most part, the amount of child support is set by statute and the
Judge will be hard-pressed to deviate from the guidelines. We understand
the financial well-being of your kids is your top priority after divorce,
and work hard to make sure your needs are covered.
The purpose of child support is to make sure that your children are able
to continue participating in activities they participated in prior to
the divorce, and that basic needs are met. The legal standard applied
is referred to as the “best interests of the children” test,
and it means that the Court considered what is best for your children
when entering orders in your case. This can seem unfair to some, because
no one knows better what is best for your kids than you. In order to make
sure all of the information needed to make a decision that makes sense,
you have to present a clear case. We can help by developing a strategy
that shines a light on the facts most favorable to your position, and
arguing for your needs.