One of the most complex issues for Nebraska parents after the end of a marriage is determining how they will continue to financially support their children. Child support is typically paid by the higher earning or noncustodial parent to the custodial parent or the parent who need assistance with child-related expenses. Each support order is unique to the individual divorce, and parents should consider the extra expenses that may arise at some point in the future.
Even if the children are young, parents need to address how they will save for and pay for college in the future. While state laws typically dictate how parents will share these expenses, it is possible to work on a negotiated agreement that makes sense for both parents. There are also costs to consider in addition to tuition, such as room and board, books, supplies, living expenses and more.
There are also expenses that will arise before college. College prep testing, tutoring and standardized test assistance can be expensive. These are only a few of the additional costs that may arise between when the divorce is final and the child moves off to college. Nebraska parents should have a plan in place for how they intend to address these needs.
The terms of a child support order will impact a parent for years to come. While modifications are sometimes possible, it is beneficial to seek an order that will make sense for years to come. It can be beneficial to work with an attorney who can help a parent protect his or her rights and long-term interests during a divorce.