Child Support before Divorce
Divorce is a time consuming procedure. At the same time, a parent is in need to be paid child support till the finalization of the divorce takes place. When the partners seeking divorce cannot agree with one another regarding the support amount, the court has the authority to issue a temporary order of support. This order can be enforced before the finalization of the divorce takes place i.e. till the permanent support order is awarded.
Documents essential for Child Support before Divorce
The following documents are essential to obtain a temporary order of support.
Along with the petition and notice of motion, it is advisable to send a 'notice to produce' as per Rule 237.
Determination of Child Support before Divorce
The intention of the temporary support order is to cater to the costs of the child while the divorce proceeding is in progress. These costs are inclusive of those for education, medical care, clothing, housing and food. All the 50 states in the US permit a parent to take the benefits of this support. Some states call this as 'pendente lite' order.
Each state has devised its own laws regarding determination of the amount of this award. However, the general factors are as follows.
Some states calculate the support amount as follows.
An arbitrary example of the statutory guidelines has been furnished below.
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