Child support laws mainly came into being so that the children are taken care of after divorce. With child support law children of the divorcing couple are adequately provided for necessary requirements.
Child support is the obligation of the non-custodial parent to pay for child support. It is the duty of the non-custodial parent to support the child, no matter how involved they are in the child’s life.
Child support is considered an obligation to the child and not to the parent. The payments in regard to child support are usually paid by the non-custodial parent. The decision to pay for the support is made by the court and court proceedings.
Child support payments are usually made by the non-custodial parent till the child becomes an adult or is self –sufficient. Payments are usually made till the child reaches the standard age of 18years. In some cases child support payments would continue if there are any health issues which have to be treated on a life long basis.
Child support laws are different in each state. There are different guidelines in each state which would assist the judge in determining the amount in regard to child support. Rules for enforcing, collecting and awarding child support payments are distinct in each state. The judge would set the amount after taking into consideration the case.
Child support payments are linked to the net income of the non-custodial parent after taxes, health insurance, social security and other mandatory deductions. The minimum child support payments are applied to the net income while setting a percentage.
Failure to make the required the payments after the court has set an amount can result in severe consequences. Consequences include- loss of drivers or professional licenses, fines and even jail time.
It should be noted that child support collection and enforcement on the behalf of the child can be handled by an agency. The agency must be an approved agency. Payments are collected by the agency from the non-custodial parent and sent to the custodial parent, by doing so complicated issues are avoided. Child support can also be cut from the non-custodial parent’s paycheck to make the process easy.
One should always keep in mind that the guidelines in regard to child support would vary in different states.