The court can award alimony, child support, or both depending on the case, how much and what is awarded. The judge’s decision should be based on what will work best for the parents and the children involved. It is a very important part of parenting and courts may not allow a change in status, unless the children have a good reason to live with or separate from the non-custodial parent.
If the parents do not dispute the custody or what would be the physical custody of the children then the judge has no say in the matter. In cases where the custodial parent is the spouse or ex-spouse of the other parent then the judge decides if the physical custody of the children will be granted to the non-custodial parent.
If the situation is contested by the non-custodial parent then the Family Attorney of that parent should represent them. In most cases the Family Attorney will ask for an order of support which will allow them to file the proper paperwork and claim the money. This type of request does not happen every day and the Family Attorney will do everything possible to show the judge that the non-custodial parent is unable to provide for the children. However, the judge has the final say when it comes to the amount and the duration of the support payment.
The amount of the support can vary between one and ten thousand dollars per month. It is typically five thousand dollars and the non-custodial parent can request for an increase each year. After a certain amount of time has passed the amount can decrease or increase depending on the needs of the child and the rate of inflation. Once the non-custodial parent gets their check they will be responsible for it.
The amount of the support is not always set but varies based on the needs of the child. If they are going to school and will have more time off or if the parents are making less money then the payment may be higher. However, if there is a special need then the support will be lower and many times the court will even take this into consideration.
Children of divorced parents can receive money from their father. This money is used to pay for things like clothes, food, college funds, and schooling. It also helps with unexpected costs and medical bills. In some cases it may also help the father to avoid jail time.
Once the court issues a paternity ruling, an Order of Support, the child support will start immediately. There are forms you can download to fill out. In order to determine what the child support will be the court has a list of certain factors such as income, assets, and dependents.
Alimony is a separate case and not usually ordered by the court. It is a decided amount of money given by the custodial parent to the non-custodial parent. For the reasons listed above the child support and the alimony are only to be awarded as agreed upon between the two parties involved.