Child Support

In general both parents are expected to support a child until the child reaches the age of eighteen, dies, marries, or otherwise becomes emancipated, provided that if a child becomes eighteen years old while enrolled in and attending secondary school on a full-time basis, the child support should continue until the child has graduated from secondary school or reaches twenty years of age, whichever occurs first. Child support is set according to state rules and guidelines, which take into account both of the parents’ incomes, how many children are involved, the time each parent spends with the child, living expenses, including health insurance and medical, dental and educational expenses, and possibly other extraordinary factors. If a parent is unemployed or underemployed, income may be “imputed” to that parent. The calculation of child support can be complex, and it is important to have the help of an experienced divorce attorney in negotiating child support.
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