The number of single parent families in our country has increased in the last century. In fact, globally, between 25-33% of all families are headed by the mother. This can be the result of the death of a parent, a divorce or separation, or the birth of kids from non-married couples. Child support is an important factor to consider if you are a single parent. Raising a child on your own can be extremely difficult and the fact is that it is the responsibility of BOTH parents to financial support their kids, based on their income. If you are a single parent and have questions or concerns about child support, the team at Kallemeyn & Kallemeyn can help explain your rights and represent you should you need legal support.
Factors for Calculating Child Support
The payment of child support can be one of the most contentious parts of a divorced or separated couple’s relationship. You and your ex may disagree on how much should be paid and how financial decisions for your child or children should be made. The purpose of child support is to ensure that a child’s needs are taken care of and that the financial obligations are split up fairly. The court will look at income, assets, income potential, number and age of kids, and the standard of living before the separation or divorce.
There are three main factors that the courts tend to take into account when determining appropriate child support amounts:
1. Basic Support which includes support for your child’s needs (food, transportation, clothing, housing, school supplies, etc.)
2. Medical support includes health, dental and vision expenses, prescriptions, and co-payments.
3. Child care expenses including all expenses that are required to take care of your child or children while one/both parents are working.
Child Support Attorney in Coon Rapids
Lisa Kallemeyn, of Kallemeyn & Kallemeyn, has devoted her career to family and divorce law and to helping countless individuals and couples navigate all of the difficult issues surrounding divorce or separation. If you are heading into a divorce, or are a single parent and think that your child support arrangement is not working or should be revisited, call Lisa at 763-427-5131 or email her at email@example.com. With more than two decades of experience as a child support lawyer, Lisa can provide expert legal guidance and support and can even serve as a mediator if you would like to consider that option.