When spouses divorce, they can make almost any agreement they want to about child support payments. If the cheap divorce ends up in front of a judge, the judge will generally use statutory child support guidelines to determine the child support amounts.
“If you come up with a child support agreement and sign it, the judge will almost certainly sign off on it. Judges aren’t likely to get out a special child support calculator or start picking through your paychecks, unless you can’t agree on child support amounts with your spouse. If you can’t agree, a judge will set the child support amount for you, according to strict child support guidelines.”
Our divorce and family law practice focuses on helping spouses end their marriages efficiently and cost-effectively, without unnecessary interference from a court of law. We primarily handle uncontested or simple divorces – with or without children – although we handle some contested divorce cases as well.
Child Support Guidelines
In the absence of an agreement between the spouses, the courts will determine child support expenses based on the number of children and the net income of the noncustodial parent. Child support will continue until each child reaches the age of majority and usually will not be modified unless there is a substantial change in the financial circumstances of one or both parents.
Deviating From the Child Support Guidelines
Parents who are going through a contested divorce can approach the question of child support in one of two ways. The noncustodial parent can agree to pay the statutory amount of monthly child support, which our offices can help calculate. Or the parents can reach an agreement about child support that is completely independent of the statutory guidelines. Parents can agree that child support will be more or less than the amount stated in the law; as long as the parents agree, a judge is unlikely to interfere.