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Child support guidelines vary by state

On Behalf of | Feb 2, 2017 | Child Support |

Connecticut parents who have ended their marriages in court may be well aware of how emotionally charged situations can become, especially those pertaining to children. Child custody, visitation and support are among the top three issues that often wind up pitting parents against each other in drawn out courtroom battles. Child support guidelines vary by state, so anyone preparing to address this type of matter in court will want to clarify this state’s laws before proceeding.

As in all matters concerning children in divorce, the court is the ultimate voice of authority when it comes who, if anyone, will be made to pay child support, as well as how much, how often and when. Long gone are the days when mothers are automatically the ones to receive financial support for children after divorce. Many fathers have custody of their children, and, therefore, bear the main financial burden for their care.

There are also many families where mothers earn higher incomes than fathers. The court has adapted to the times and adjusted guidelines so that children’s best interests are kept at heart, and decisions regarding child support are based on financial need, not gender. In addition to food, clothing and shelter, sometimes a judge will rule that a parent should contribute financially to other things, such as education, medical bills, etc.

At the Law Office of Robert A. Skovgaard, a parent can rely on our experienced guidance to address all matters related to child support guidelines in Connecticut or other family law issues. Many divorce problems can be resolved without stepping foot inside a courtroom. Others situations require aggressive litigation, which we are fully prepared to provide on your behalf where appropriate.