Generally speaking, child support is supposed to be used only for the basic necessities and living expenses of the child or children. Valid child support usage includes: food, clothing, shelter, educational expenses, some extracurricular expenses (at a reasonable amount), and medical or health care expenses.
Child support is not intended to be used for unnecessary items or luxury expenses. They are also not to be used by the custodial parent, or for other relatives. Violating a child support order can result in some legal effects, such as a contempt order, a court fine, or other serious consequences.
Child support is obtained by filing a request with the court. This is sometimes done as part of a divorce or legal separation proceeding. However, in some cases, the child support must be requested separately (for instance, if the couple was never married). The court will then conduct an analysis to determine who is responsible for paying child support, and how much is owed with each payment.
Child support calculations are usually done based on various factors, including:
In most states, child support is calculated based on a percentage of the paying parent’s income. A child support order will generally require proof of legitimate need during calculations.
Child support can involve some very complex legal issues. In most cases, you will want to get directly into contact with your state or county child support department if possible. However, in order to have your child support order be considered legally enforceable, it must be submitted to the court and approved by a judge. Without a formal court document, it will be difficult to enforce child support, especially in cases of non-payment.
Additionally, many child support disputes can be resolved by simply filing for a modification of the child support order. This can be done by submitting a request with the court to have your order reviewed and modified.
Any type of child support dispute or claim generally requires the assistance of an experienced family law attorney. You may wish to hire a child support lawyer in your area for help with child support and any other family law legal issues. Your attorney can provide you with legal advice and representation during the process.
Last Modified: 06-05-2018 07:12 PM PDTLaw Library Disclaimer
We've helped more than 4 million clients find the right lawyer – for free. Present your case online in minutes. LegalMatch matches you to pre-screened lawyers in your city or county based on the specifics of your case. Within 24 hours experienced local lawyers review it and evaluate if you have a solid case. If so, attorneys respond with an offer to represent you that includes a full attorney profile with details on their fee structure, background, and ratings by other LegalMatch users so you can decide if they're the right lawyer for you.