Information on Child Support
The non-custodial parent will be ordered to pay monthly child support to the custodial parent until a child who is a full time student graduates from high school or reaches age 19, whichever occurs first. If a child is not in high school, support ends at age 18. The amount of support is based upon the earnings and expenses of both parties and is set by law. We have found that after gathering the required data that we can predict fairly accurately what the court will order.
As an additional form of child support, parents are usually ordered to cover their children on health and life insurance, and to share in paying any such expenses not covered by insurance.
The parent with physical custody for more than half the year is entitled to take the child as a tax deduction for the year, unless the parties agree otherwise in a written I.R.S. document attached to both parties’ tax returns or the court orders otherwise. You should know that a child must have a Social Security number if child support is being paid or a deduction taken. Apply now if a number is needed.