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Could your income affect your child custody case?

On Behalf of | Mar 31, 2022 | Parenting Plans And Parenting Time

Child custody is often one of the most complex and emotionally challenging battles associated with a divorce. As a Nebraska parent, you will want to do everything possible to fight for the preservation of the relationship you have with your child. There are multiple factors that could affect the outcome of a contentious custody and visitation battle, including where you live, medical conditions your child has, school schedules and more.

However, how much money you have and your income levels do not determine your capability as a parent, and they should not negatively affect your custody case. Your income should be a tool the other parent uses against you in court or as a way to compromise your parental rights. While income may play a role in your case, it is rarely the deciding factor in a final order given by a court.

Is your income a disadvantage?

Your income does not affect whether or not you are a good parent. However, a child custody battle can be a lengthy and potentially costly process if the battle continues for an extended period of time without a resolution. You may fear that earning less could put you at a disadvantage, but there are other factors that the court will prioritize over money. Consider the following about how a family court approaches custody cases:

  • The courts will consider the best interests of the children above all else, including parents’ income and preferences.
  • While having a higher income may make it easier for a parent to address certain costs, that does not mean the court will favor that parent.
  • As you would expect, income is a significant factor in child support determinations.
  • If you are the lower-earning parent and the court awards you custody, you may be eligible for child support or spousal support payments.

If you are a parent fighting for custody of your child, you know how stressful this process can be. In addition to your concerns over the preservation of your parental rights, you may also have concerns about how your income could affect the outcome of your case. You may benefit from an assessment of your case and a better understanding of your rights as a parent. Your income does not reflect your worth as a parent or your right to have a meaningful relationship with your child.