Despite what you think you know about child support, it is a highly complex area of family law. If you are facing a divorce and haven't begun thinking about the many aspects of child support, you may want to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Because, when it comes to child support, no two cases are alike.
You likely understand what child support is. You may even have a pretty good understanding of how it is calculated. However, you may not realize just how many different factors can come into play during the family court's calculation and determination of child support.
Before you can even begin to discuss important issues like claiming children on taxes, medical insurance premiums, extracurricular activities or any other expenses, you and your soon-to-be ex's financials must be in order. After all, child support is based on income and, if there is any question or mystery surrounding how much you or your ex earns, the process of determining child support may be put on hold.
By working with an experienced family law attorney, you can help make the process of determining child support run smoother and stay on task. A lawyer may be able to more accurately present you and your ex's income and can work to see that all the necessary expenses are included in its calculation. If you are concerned that your child's other parent may hide income or not accurately report it to the family court, an attorney can help see that all sources of income are uncovered and included in your child support calculation.
Child support, like most other aspects of divorce, is a highly complex and complicated matter. One of which, if not handled correctly, can leave you struggling to provide for your family. For a more accurate and comprehensive child support calculation, consider working with an experienced family law attorney.