Child Support Lawyer Rhode Island
Going through a divorce is an extremely stressful and emotionally taxing period in anyone’s life, but when there are children involved the process can become even more complex and emotionally charged. As a parent, you want to be sure that your children get the support that they need and deserve in order to live a full, healthy, and productive life, whether or not you and the other parent remain married. This is one of the central reasons that child support is such an important tool in divorces with children involved—ensuring that each parent is contributing to the child in the ways that make the most sense given the circumstances.
Typically, the financially-dependent parent or the primary caretaker receives child support payments from the other parent to ensure that the child has the financial support for their education, recreation, health, and other needs that each parent should be contributing. However, this tool often has the possibility of being manipulated or used as punishment, although that is not the purpose of this mechanism at all. This is one reason why it is so important that you hire an experienced child support lawyer for your Rhode Island divorce.
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Read more below to get a better understanding of what child support is, and why it is so important to get it right. Whether you are trying to negotiate an initial child support structure, or you are attempting to restructure an existing agreement, we are here to help.
What Is Child Support?
Child support is a structured form of financial payment that a parent makes for the benefit of their child if they are not the primary caregiver. These payments typically go to the primary caregiver, such as the custodial parent, adoptive parent, or other primary guardians, and are intended to improve the life of the child. In many cases these payments are meant to provide financial support for food, education, medical costs, and other necessary expenses, but they may also extend to other areas of the child’s life that will benefit from the payments.
Who Owes Child Support, and How Much Is Owed?
Generally, the non-custodial parent owes child support payments to the custodial parent or guardian, as it is each parent’s responsibility to provide safety and stability to their child unless otherwise specified (such as after an adoption).
In order to determine the amount of money that the non-custodial parent must pay, as well as the frequency and duration of the payments, there are many specifics that must go into consideration. The following are just a few of the factors that go into determining how much child support is owed.
This is the most important factor that goes into determining child support amounts since the parent needs to be able to make the payments without their own life being seriously impacted or impoverished. You will need to provide the courts with extensive documentation about your life and earnings so that they can make an informed calculation.
The number of dependents that the parent has is another important consideration when calculating child support because the other dependents’ lifestyles must not be impacted by these payments.
The amount of time that the non-custodial parent spends with the child informs the amount that they pay, since the days that they spend with the child result in cost savings for the custodial parent.
Child Care Costs
Since these payments are entirely in service of the child and their standard of living, it is important to consider the existing child care costs, such as daycare, education, sports, food, and other expenses related to providing the child with a reasonable quality of life.
Health Care Expenses
If the child has specific medical needs or other reasons that their healthcare costs are more than normal, these will also factor into the amount that a parent must pay for child support.
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The information provided above is intended to give you a general overview of how child support is determined, but there are far more nuanced areas that we will need to go through in order to calculate a fair amount that you are owed and to ensure that you are able to take on these additional costs while still allowing for your own quality of life to continue.
Working with an attorney is one of the most important steps that you can take when trying to negotiate or determine child support payments, whether you are the custodial parent who is requesting support, or you are the non-custodial parent who is trying to ensure that your payments are fair. Either way, we are here to help