Child Support serves an important role in your child’s life, but calculating the amount of support is not always just and dry. Changing circumstances such as a drop or increase in income, spending more or less time with your child, and the child’s specific needs as they grow older all come in to play when determining the appropriate amount of support.
Mistake #1: Not Keeping Proof of Payments
Regardless of how well you are getting along with the other parent it is a foolish mistake to not keep accurate and up to date records of all child support payments made. Your court order should outline how payments are to be made and on what date. Payments not made according to the order could potentially be construed as gifts. Do not risk it. Keep accurate records (canceled checks, wire transfer receipts, etc).
Mistake #2: Assuming the Formula Amount is Set In Stone
Multiple child support calculators are available online and it is a common mistake to assume that the calculator amount is set in stone. There are many factors that go into calculating your final support amount. An experienced support attorney can discuss these issues with you and ensure all factors are considered prior to the final order.
Mistake #3: Not Addressing Changes in Income ASAP
If you are required to pay child support and your income decreases, you must immediately file a request to modify your support order with the court. The longer you wait, the more money you will be paying and the court will not entertain requests to retroactively modify your support obligation beyond the date you filed your request. Alternatively, if you are the parent receiving support and learn that the other parent has had a substantial increase in income, the oneness is on you torquiest an increase in support through the courts.