During a divorce, nearly everything changes in the lives of all parties involved, including both spouses, family and friends of the divorcing couple and of course the children. While the parents need to go through a lengthy process establishing child custody, determining property division and deciding on new living arrangements, children must try to understand what is happening and make appropriate adjustments. During this time, it is important to protect the best interests of the children. In many cases, this means establishing child support for the custodial parent.
Child support is used to assure that the children's well-being is not compromised due to a divorce, and that their life is not drastically impacted or changed due to the divorce. Many people think that child support payments are designed to cover a child's basic necessities such as food, clothing, medical and health expenses and shelter for a child.
But child support payments can be used to nearly all aspects of a child's life, such as a child's schooling and education, which includes, in many cases, college expenses for children over the age of 18; extra-curricular school activities such as field trips, clubs, music expenses and sports equipment and fees; entertainment such as toys, video games and things such as trips to the movies, concerts and vacations.
It is crucial that both parents recognize the potential stresses associated with a divorce that may affect a child. Making every effort to make a child's transition to a new lifestyle is key to protecting a child's development. And child support plays an important role in assuring that a child's upbringing is not compromised from a divorce.
Source: Findlaw.com, "The FindLaw Guide to Getting Child Support Payments," Accessed Nov. 1, 2016