The problem with summarizing child support laws is the great divide between states. In short, every state has different laws — and sometimes these laws are very, very different.
How do you navigate through these? And what should you expect in terms of child support if you gained sole custody?
Getting Help with a Divorce Lawyer
First, it’s always wise to be frank and ask for direct help from a lawyer. No matter your current relationship with your spouse, it’s important for you and the child, if not children, to go through this process correctly and within federal child support laws. Since the laws are so different from state to state, a divorce in Arizona and one in New york will turn out to be very different. That means hiring a divorce lawyer in your state, preferably very close to you in the state too.
How to Look
One good route you’ve already found: reading and studying on the web may seem to be a dangerous way to do it, but when you can directly read testimonials, discuss rates, and see experience, it can mean a big difference. This comes into play most especially when it comes to getting money.
How Child Support is Drawn
This is based in four parts.
1-The needs of the child
3-Your spouses’ ability to pay.
4-The child’s standard of living before the divorce.
For example, the needs of the child would include health insurance, education, day care, and any special needs programs. If you’re child is still very young, that would make a big difference. If you are raising a teenager, again the needs are unique, especially for education. And if you have a special needs child, the money needed might be greatest.
How Courts Work
This too depends on the state. The problem is how state laws work, because many give judges little breathing room when making decisions. If you live in a state with very strict divorce and child support laws, the judge may be nearly powerless to work with you. States where child support laws are more open might give the judge more flexibility. Neither is necessarily bad for you; it just depends on your situation.
What Happens if the Money Never Comes?
You contact your local state attorney child support unit. Yes, the answer is easy! Each state has specialists who deal with deadbeat parents who do not pay the money required. While it’s rare they’re arrested, you do have many options.