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Know what to expect with child support

The process of divorce involves numerous important elements that must be hashed out before the process is complete. One of the most important and often most argued over elements is that of child support. Although many divorcing parents assume child support is based on a simple calculation, there are several different factors that should be considered when calculating child support payments.

Understandably, divorcing parents are usually concerned with their obligation to pay child support or their right to receive it. Child support is typically awarded to one parent as a way to level the financial playing field after divorce. With the purpose of emphasizing the best interests of a child, the family court tries to address most major financial issues that come with raising a child. These issues can be anything from health care and educational expenses to athletics and extra-curricular activities. With so many factors going into calculating child support, it may be in a parent's best interests to speak with an experienced family law attorney about how support payments can be accurately calculated.

Calculating child support payments may not be a major challenge if incomes are known and there are few additional issues to address. However, when either parent is self-employed, owns a business, or there is a substantial income disparity between parents, calculating child support may be quite a bit more complicated.

Addressing complex child support issues may require the help of an attorney. With their knowledge, all factors that impact child support calculations may be brought to the family court's attention and used to help determine an accurate and fair child support order. With the help of a family law attorney, divorcing parents can rest assured that their child's best interests and financial well-being are protected long after the divorce is final.

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