Oftentimes, people think child support is based on one factor – how much the noncustodial parent makes. While that certainly is a part of the calculation of the monthly obligation, there are actually several factors that can affect the child support amount owed to custodial parents.
These factors include, but are not limited to: the number of children the monthly obligation covers, the monthly gross incomes of both the noncustodial parent and custodial parent, the cost of any work-related daycare or childcare services, the cost of the child(ren)’s portion of healthcare coverage, and any additional child support obligations of the parties.
If a child support order was not included in your final decree for divorce or separation agreement, there are several ways to get an order established. One option is to hire an attorney – we have handled many child support cases and would be happy to speak with you further about your rights or obligations. Give us a call at 757-656-1000 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be happy to set up a consultation for you!
You can also visit the Department of Child Support Enforcement in your locality and open a case through their office. Please note, it may take up to three weeks to hear from them after submitting your application.
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