After parents have decided to part ways and end a relationship but still must have contact and communication regarding the child, the situation can be notoriously difficult. This is especially true right after the relationship has ended and the couple is in the middle of determining living arrangements and how much child support will be paid. The receiving parent and the paying parent will pay strict attention to this as it can have a profound effect on their lives as well as the life of the child. Understanding how to deal with child support is essential and a legal professional is imperative.
The noncustodial parent who is ordered to pay child support must do so on time and in full. The amount will be based on state guidelines that will adhere to the best interests of the child and the income of the parents. The idea behind the guidelines is to ensure that the child has everything he or she will need. However, it is not ironclad that the guidelines will be the final determinative factor in how much is paid. The court has the right to adjust the amount if it is warranted.