Child Support and Spousal Support
Mandatory child support is generally determined by using statutory formulas based on parents’ income and other circumstances, but there may be reasons to deviate from the standard child support guidelines.
To determine mandatory and non-mandatory child support contributions, such as which parent pays for college tuition or for braces or summer camp, divorcing or separating parents can negotiate and agree on their own creative solutions. In order to ensure that your rights are protected, concerning child support decisions made during your divorce or unmarried parent proceedings, contact The Maggio Law Firm to schedule a consultation.
Spousal Support (Alimony)
Spousal support may be granted to a husband or wife who has devoted years as a stay-at-home parent or where there is a significant disparity of income. When a marital separation first occurs, temporary spousal support may be required to help the dependent spouse through the transition from dependant spouse to self-supporting single parent. The longer a marriage has lasted, the better the chance that permanent spousal support will be established by the court.
Factors that the courts consider when determining spousal support typically include the following:
- The standard of living that the dependent spouse was accustomed to during the marriage
- Reimbursement of support that the dependent spouse provided the wage-earning spouse during medical school, business school or another educational program
- The educational level of the dependent spouse
- The health of the dependent spouse
- The ages of husband and wife
In many cases, a family law court will sanction spousal support to allow the dependent spouse to go back to school and obtain job training for a new career with the goal of ultimate self-sufficiency.
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