Going through a divorce adds complications and stress to your daily life.
When it comes to child support, know what you’re getting into before you sign your paperwork.
Will the State take child support directly from my paycheck?
According to the Attorney General’s office, there are six ways you can pay child support:
- Electronic payments
- Pay by mail
- Cash or money order
- Payment kiosk locations
- Wage withholding
- Bank auto draft
Will I be able to stop paying child support when my child turns 18?
You will continue paying child support until the child’s 18th birthday or they graduate from high school, whichever occurs later. If your child turns 18 early in their senior year (or the summer before), you must pay their support until they graduate.
How much do I pay per child?
Your net monthly income determines how much you pay per child. The net income varies depending on the person. Once you calculate that figure:
- one child = 20% of your net income
- two children = 25%
- three children = 30%
- four children = 35%
- five children = 40%
- six or more children = at least as much as you would pay for five children.
What can I do if my ex is spending lavishly while I am paying child support?
If you have evidence that the children have unmet basic needs even though you are consistently paying child support, you may want to consider a legal solution.
Child support laws and regulations are intended to ensure that children have a normal life, even after divorce.