Most U.S. courts apply a formula to determine which parent should pay child support to the other. These formulas take into account:
Both parents' incomes.
Both parents' expenses, including taxes, health care and other legal financial obligations.
Which parent the child will live with most of the time.
The child's financial needs.
Some courts will also take into account circumstances like parents earning potential and how the child lived before the divorce. A child support lawyer can help parents' present their financial information to a court in the most complete and advantageous way. If you don't like the court's support order, you and your child support lawyer may also be able to appeal it to a higher court.
Nov 3, 2011 02:04 PM