When you and your spouse determined that a divorce would be the best course of action, you knew that it could cause financial concerns. One of the biggest things to discuss is who is planning to cover child support.
Both of you have good jobs and the ability to provide for your children, so the support doesn't necessarily matter to you in your day-to-day life. It does seem like a good idea to pay into it to save for your child's future education and to make sure they never go without. So, what can you do to determine who should pay?
Consider who has custody more often
To start with, you'll want to think about who has custody more often. Usually, the parent who has custody the most receives support. If you both have custody equally, then you may agree that support is unnecessary.
Consider who has a higher salary
If there is a significant difference between what you both earn, then the parent who earns more may still want to pay support (or be ordered to pay support, if you go to trial). This support helps make up some of the difference between the two pay scales so that your child or children can live comfortably in both homes.
If you and your spouse can agree on an amount that is fair, then you can create a stipulated agreement. This helps you avoid going to court, and it's something your attorney can assist you with.
Our website has more on child custody and support. Learning about your options is important, so you can make smart decisions throughout the course of your case.