There is no question that your children are the most important people in your life, and making decisions about their future can be difficult. You want to do what is right for them, but you may find that even in the best scenarios, your children won’t get the best options. Fortunately, when it comes to divorce and child support, your children are protected by the law. They deserve to be cared for and to receive support from both parents, not just the one they live with.
Child support is relatively easy to determine, because there are federal child support guidelines that automatically determine how much support should be. These guidelines don’t have to be followed by a judge, but any deviations would have to be explained to you fully. Typically, the goal is to provide your children with a fair amount of support, so they can continue to enjoy good health care, schooling and other necessities.
When coming to a solution about where your children will live, the court may look at several factors. Are your children older? If they are, they will likely have an opinion about who they want to live with. The court will take that into consideration.
A history about who has cared for the children in the past and information on if you and your ex can cooperate will be discussed. Whoever has the marital home has a higher likelihood of receiving custody in some cases, since the children wouldn’t need to be moved. More importantly, the lifestyle of each parent will be reviewed to find out who is most suitable to care for the children. Our website has more information on child custody and child support, so you can be prepared before court. With knowledge backing up your requests, you can make the most of your divorce.