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Common Misunderstandings About Child Support

| Feb 14, 2020 | Family Law |

Nobody ever claimed that divorce is easy. When you and your former spouse have children, divorce gets even more complicated. Take child support, for example. There are plenty of misconceptions and misunderstandings about how this issue works. That’s why it is important to find a qualified, knowledgeable attorney who can explain terms and issues. If you want to learn more about child support, MORAN LAW FIRM can help you find answers. Meanwhile, here are a few of the most common misconceptions.

Child Support Stays the Same

One common misconception is that child support always stays the same. Once the judge determines the amount, people think that amount can’t be changed. However, it can be altered depending on the obligor’s situation. For example, say that the obligor loses a job or otherwise has a significant change in income. In that case, one parent or the other may file a motion to the court to adjust the amount.

Child Support Must Go Toward Food and School

Many people also believe that child support must go directly toward the child’s primary needs. For example, those needs may include food, schooling, and childcare fees. However, that’s not true. The obligee is not required to provide an accounting as to how they use the funds, and may use the funds however they want. The idea is for parents to share the financial burden so that the child never suffers economically from the divorce.

Child Support Stops and/or Changes if the Obligee Remarries

<p”>Does child support stop and/or change if the obligee gets married again? No, but a lot of people believe that it does. The idea might make sense on some level. After all, if the new spouse brings extra income to the house, that means that the child has more financial support, right? Or, if the new spouse costs you extra money, you should not have to pay as much child support as your financial obligations have increased.  That’s not how child support works, though. The child’s new stepparent has no financial obligations toward the child, at least not legally. Whether or not one parent gets married again, the obligor will still be required to pay child support.

Have Questions About Child Support?

Do you have any more questions about child support? Are there concepts that still seem unclear? If so, feel free to call the MORAN LAW FIRM. At the MORAN LAW FIRM, we know that you want what’s best for your child. We’ll help you ensure your child’s financial security. Contact the MORAN LAW FIRM team today for a consultation. Our team is here to help!