When we work with our clients to develop child support arrangements, we take the needs of the entire family into consideration. Of course, the best interests of the child always remain at the heart of the case, but it is also important to recognize the financial requirements and limitations of both parents as well. Developing an effective child support agreement also depends largely on anticipating other needs that the child may have in the future.
As the custodial or noncustodial parent of your child, you likely already know that child-support payments are intended to account for the care needs of the child. As a result, they are not regarded under the law as support payments for the custodial parent, and must therefore realistically complement the needs and lifestyle of the child. In order to determine the amount of child support that is appropriate in any specific case, we use a formula that takes several factors into consideration. Some of the things we look at include: