Child support is always a sensitive issue during a divorce and not only for the parent who is taking the custody but also for the parent who is going to pay child support. Among the biggest myths out there is that mothers have priority when it comes to custody – in fact, there are many fathers out there who raise their kids on their own. Another myth is that all custodial parents benefit from child support payments – about half of all single parents who own the full custody receive payments from the other parent. Let’s debunk other common myths on this hot subject.
Child support is something handled at the federal level
The reality is there are no national guidelines when it comes to child support, so your trusted child custody lawyer and the judge need to rely on the state rules regarding this problem. As you probably know, each state has its own rules on child support and custody, which can be moulded for every case, making everything even more subjective.
Child support is a direct system
Child support is not direct and if the court suspects the parent who receives the payments is misusing them, they can call the child custody lawyer and make changes to the initial agreement. The misuse of the funds implies anything which doesn’t have to do with the child, so make sure you always use the money for the kids if you have the custody.
Child support decisions are final
Child support agreements are never final; because things always change during the time the kid is entitled to receive the payments. Life is unpredictable and you never know when the child or the paying parent might suffer an accident which leaves them disabled, a severe illness or something else which can and will change the agreement.
Child support is tax deductible
The receiver can’t claim it as income, while the payer can’t deduct it from the taxes. The only thing you can do, if you are the payer, is to make sure you keep all the documents which prove he made the payments, in the event of a lawsuit which claims he didn’t made them.
Child support ends when the kid turns 18
No, it doesn’t in some cases. Usually, the payments stop when the child is able to support himself, meaning he is not in a full time education facility. If the child suffers from a disabling illness the court might decide to extend the payments for his or her entire life. These are the most general rules, but it depends on each state to rule when the child support payments end.