Child support is a mandatory payment from the non-residential parent to the primary residential parent on behalf of the children. Child support is intended to be a contribution to the children’s expenses such as food, clothing and shelter. The proper amount of child support is determined by applying a mathematical calculation based upon the Child Support Standards Act (“CSSA”). Under the CSSA, the non-custodial parent pays a percentage of the parties’ combined gross adjusted income based upon the number of children, running from 17% to 35%. Depending upon the parties’ combined incomes, these percentages will be strictly applied.
The child support will be payable until each child is emancipated (usually at the age of 21 years). The court may require additional payments for expenses such as education, medical insurance, day care and unreimbursed medical related expenses.
The confusing nature of the CSSA and the additional required contributions can often be simplified by Steven E. Shumer through the divorce mediation process. Our attorneys can offer you the proper guidance and advice needed to reach an amicable mediation settlement.
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