How Quickly Will I Start Getting Child Support?

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.

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