If you’re going through a divorce case, you may hear the phrase “offset child support” once or twice. What does that phrase mean?
Child Support Payments
Child support payments are regularly scheduled payments that the non-custodial parent sends to the custodial parent. This money goes toward the things that support the children. These can include, but are not limited to, housing, utilities, school and activity fees, food, and childcare.
Offset Child Support
When parents have equal periods of possession of the children, often in a “week-on/week-off” schedule, both parents’ child support obligations are calculated and the parent with the higher obligation pays the difference between the two obligations to the parent with the lower obligation. For instance, if Parent A’s child support obligation is $500 and Parent B’s child support obligation is $400, then Parent A will pay $100 to Parent B.
Know Your Rights and Obligations
Divorce can get complicated. Emotions run high and responsibilities pile up. That’s why it’s important to stay on top of your rights and obligations. If you haven’t already, talk to an attorney who focuses on family law. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. The more informed you are, the easier the process will be for you and your kids.
Do you need legal advice about divorce or child support? If so, the Moran Law team is ready to help. We focus on family law, and we know that your children are your top priority. We’ll help you fight for their rights so that they get everything they need and don’t have to worry about finances. Talk to us to find out how we can help. We’d love to have a chat with you.