How Much Is Child Support?

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How Much Is Child Support?

There are no set figures for child support. 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.

How Is Child Support Calculated?

Child support is calculated first according to the child’s best interests. This means that any calculations should benefit the child first rather than either of the parents. Aside from this standard, factors to determine child support include:

In addition, courts will also factor in environmental factors, such as the cost of living in the area, and the educational environment in the area. Child support calculations require a complete disclosure of the parties’ assets, belongings, and finances.

Can I Change Child Support Payments?

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.

Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with Child Support Amounts?

Determining child support can be a complex task. You may need the help of a lawyer when it comes to family law issues like child support. A qualified attorney can assist you with any questions or concerns that you might have about child support. Also, in the event that you need to file a lawsuit for non-payment or other issues, your lawyer can represent you during court hearings.

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Last Modified: 02-28-2017 11:52 AM PST

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