Addressing Children's Financial Need
Every individual bears the responsibility for meeting the financial needs of their children. The objective of child support is to ensure that following divorce or separation, the children maintain a standard of living that is comparable to that of the other parent. Frequently, what determines child support payments is the respective income of the parents. The parent with the higher income is capable of elevating the living standard of the parent with the lower income, thereby enabling the children to experience a somewhat parallel lifestyle when residing with each parent.
Changing & Modifying Child Support
Child support is largely determined by the incomes of the parties and the amount of time each parent spends with the children. It’s common for circumstances to change while a child support order is in effect. Changes like employment shifts, salary adjustments, or alterations in parenting time can all prompt a need to modify the existing child support order.
When these changes occur, it’s often challenging for the adversely affected party to agree to the modification. A reduction in support for one party or an increase in payment for the other can strain the relationship and lead to hostility. Engaging a child support attorney to guide you through a modification process will ensure that you achieve the most favorable outcome possible.
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services has a great resource on child support. It provides a lot of information and can be a good starting point before retaining a child support attorney.