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Understanding the calculation of child support and its purpose

| Jun 21, 2021 | Omaha Fathers' Rights Legal Blog

Nebraska parents are under the obligation to financially support their children until they reach adulthood. In most cases, the parent who has primary custody of the children will receive money from the other in order to pay for certain needs, such as childcare. If you will be the parent paying child support, you may want to know more about the purpose of these payments and exactly how the other parent should be using your money.

The determination of child support differs on a case-by-case basis. The amount you may have to pay depends on certain factors, such as your income and the specific needs of your children. It is also within the rights of both parents to reach an agreement on child support outside of court, allowing them to craft a solution that is suitable for their unique situation.

What is its purpose?

The intent of this type of financial support is to ensure minor children have what they need. Typically, your payments will cover basic expenses, but this can also differ on a case-by-case basis depending on what the children require in their daily lives. Your payments may apply toward the following costs:

  • Extracurricular activities
  • Transportation and travel expenses
  • Food and clothing
  • School tuition, including college
  • Childcare costs
  • Additional education needs, such as tutoring

Even if you are not the custodial parent, you will also likely have to contribute toward the cost of health insurance for your child.

Your financial capabilities

Child support is based on the details of the individual situation. If your financial circumstances change after the determination of the amount of support you will pay, you can request a modification. If you cannot pay or make full payments because of a reduction in income, this has no bearing on your right to have access to your kids. This means the other parent cannot prevent you from seeing your children as retaliation over a change in child support payments.

A fair final order

Child support is a critical and often contentious issue during a divorce. If you will have to pay child support, you have the right to know exactly where your money is going and how the recipient is using it. You also have the right to fully understand your financial obligations and your rights as a parent.