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Assistance in handling child support issues

During the process of a divorce, many issues must be properly discussed, addressed and decided upon. In addition to the various aspects of property division and alimony or spousal support, if a couple has children, they must make decisions based on both child custody and child support. As one can likely understand, this process can be particularly trying for parents as they look to the best interests of their children.

With child support, courts takes various factors into consideration when determining the amount to award the custodial parent. First, they look at the current and potential salaries of both parents. Courts also take the family's previous standard of living to make certain a child's lifestyle post divorce has not significantly changed. The goal is to limit the negative impact of the divorce on the children - as much as can be controlled through financial means.

As part of the process, it is important to understand that child support covers not only a child's shelter, clothing and food, but also a child's health and medical expenses, education costs, and leisure activities such as sports, clubs, and even vacations. Again, the court's goal is to help maintain a similar lifestyle for the children to limit the impact of the divorce.

For those dealing with these issues during a divorce, it can be comforting to know you have an experienced advocate on your side to help explain the process and provide sound legal advice. To learn more about what is involved in the child support determination process, visit our child support page.

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