When you are separating from your spouse, one of the last things you want to think about is paying them for getting to spend more time with your children. Still, as a parent, it is your responsibility to make sure that your children are cared for.
Child support is meant to be used to create a household in which a child is still supported by two incomes. Your support, although in addition to what you provide when you see your child, helps create a more financially secure environment for them with their primary custodian.
It's usually assumed that parents will share custody 50-50, or as close to 50-50 as possible. Even in this scenario, there is a chance that the higher earning parent may have to pay child support, so don't be surprised if you're that parent and are asked to pay.
Can you settle and eliminate child support from your divorce?
It is possible to negotiate your own child support with your spouse. For example, if you both are high earners and share joint custody evenly, neither of you may feel the need to seek support from the other. You may also be able to negotiate a different settlement outside court but remember that the judge will have to agree that it's in your child's best interests and that it's fair.
Our website has more information about child support and custody arrangements. This can be one of the most complicated parts of your divorce, but with the right help and support from your attorney, you'll set up a plan that works.