Child support laws were created to protect the wellbeing of children following divorce. The courts have a duty to ensure that children will be financially cared for when a two-income household is divided. Judges in every state use the following steps to allocate financial responsibility to each divorcing parent:
Comparing the Incomes of Each Parent
In order to calculate how much child support each parent is responsible for paying, the courts require each divorcing parent to provide detailed information about his or her finances. In these statements, each parent discloses his or her monthly income and expenses. The courts then use this information to determine both parents’ ability to pay for their child’s general living expenses.
Determining the Child’s Standard of Living Before Divorce
The courts try to ensure that children will enjoy the same standard of living before and after their parents’ divorce. In order to provide a picture of the child’s life before the divorce, each spouse must fill out information about his or her monthly expenses toward the child during the marriage. The courts then determine how much each parent should contribute to best allow the child to enjoy the same quality of life after the divorce.
Calculating the Financial Needs of the Child
The courts recognize that it may be difficult for the child to enjoy the identical standard of living after a two-income household is divided. However they do work to ensure that parents continue to provide for the basic needs of their children by ordering each parent to contribute a specific amount toward the child’s education, health insurance, and any necessary medical expenses.
To learn more about how the courts determine a parent’s child support obligations in New York and New Jersey, call The Law Firm of Walter K. Schreyer. For more than 35 years we have successfully handled family law cases for residents of New Jersey and New York. Call us at (201) 383-2185 to schedule an appointment.