Child support is a mandatory payment from the non-residential parent to the primary residential parent on behalf of the children in cases of divorce, separation or out of wedlock children.
Child support is intended to be a contribution to the child(ren)’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%. Dependent upon the amount of the parties’ combined incomes, these percentages will be strictly applied with the child support being payable until each child is emancipated (usually at the age of 21 years). There are contributions that also may be directed to be made by the court for things such as education, medical insurance, day/child care and unreimbursed medical related expenses which would be in addition to the child support payments.
Due to the often confusing nature of the CSSA and the additional required contributions, our attorneys at Berger, Fischoff, Shumer, Wexler & Goodman, LLP, are here to offer you guidance and advice.
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