If your parents are divorced, you’ve probably heard them talking about child support, but what is it really? What is child support? What is it for? How does it work? Who is supposed to get it? The purpose of this article is to clear up any questions you might have about child support.
What is child support?
The dictionary defines child support as:
Money paid for the care of one’s minor child, especially payments to a divorced spouse or a guardian under a decree of divorce.
So, what does that mean? When parents get divorced, one of the things the court want to make sure of is that the children of those parents are cared for financially. In other words, that they have enough money to meet their needs. Before a divorce is finalized by the court, they determine the amount of money needed to support you and any brothers and sisters you might have who are not yet 18. They then look at how much each of your parents makes from their job(s) and how much time each parents has custody (the amount of time you are with them). They use that information and a formula to determine how much child support one parent has to pay the other.