The Federal Child Support Enforcement Act has developed guidelines covering a state child support formula that varies in each state. This means that child support ordered in one state may be much more or less than that ordered in another state. The status of parental custody is taken into account by each family court judge when determining the amount to be paid. Additional factors include:
Each state has their own child support calculator to estimate monthly support obligations. The family court will require each parent to fill out a financial statement before making a final decision regarding child support.
Unlike child support, alimony considerations are awarded based upon the following factors:
In states that have no-fault divorces, support is usually granted when one spouse has been dependent upon the other over a long period of time.
The laws in each state vary widely regarding child support and alimony considerations. Therefore, it’s best to consult with an experienced family law attorney who can help determine the best solution for your family.