Since so many factors go into determining the amount for child support, there is no standard amount set by the court. Every child support order is calculated on an individual basis and depends on the needs and background of the child. Also, child support laws and guidelines differ from place to place, so the amount required will vary from place to place.
On the whole, census data states that an average figure for child support is anywhere from $430- $500 per month. Figures like these are usually subject to increase, as cost of living usually tends to increase over time.
Federal law requires that all courts use some kind of official guideline or formula when determining child support payments to ensure that the amounts granted are not arbitrary (varying wildly from courtroom to courtroom). However, the federal law has not adopted any one guideline, so each state has its own method of determining how much each parent must pay for child support.
The guidelines all utilize extremely complicated formulas involving the parent's wages and hours of visitation granted and so forth, so you will likely have to contact a lawyer knowledgeable in family law to determine exactly how much you will have to pay.
Although each state differs in its exact approach and mathematical formula, most of them consider the following factors in setting child support rates:
Child support orders can usually be modified if needed in the future. After the original child support order is issued, it’s expected that the child’s needs will change as they grow up. A child support modification may be needed, and can be requested with the court as needed. The court may do a re-evaluation of the different support factors, and may come up with a new figure as needed by the parties.
Child support is very important for the proper upbringing of the child or children involved. It’s in your best interests to seek and hire a qualified family law attorney in your state who knows the laws in your area. A qualified lawyer will be familiar with the guidelines in your area, and can help you with your court filings. Also, in the event of a support contest, your lawyer can represent you in a court of law.
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