One of the most difficult and painful aspects of divorce is the effect that it has on children.
Of course, children cannot live with both parents at the same time. One parent will become the primary care giver, while the other parent will be required to pay their fair share of financial support to the care giving parent.
This financial obligation is called child support.
Child support laws vary from case to case.
Since all families come from different circumstances, different income levels, and different family structures, no one can predict how much will be required to pay for child support.
The divorce attorney will speak on behalf of the parent required to pay child support and request that payments be affordable and within the individual’s budget.
It is not the plan of the state to cause parents to pay so much in child support that they have no money left over. However, some judges may require so much in child support that a second job will be needed to meet the payments.
When a child support order is enforced, payments must be made. Falling behind or failing to pay child support payments may have serious and very negative consequences.
Child support orders may be modified. If the support order is too high and cannot be made because of financial hardships or other obligations, a divorce attorney can handle the situation and present the case in family court. Sometimes a child support order may be changed.