Child support is determined by using statutory formulas based on parents’ income, parenting-time, and other circumstances, but there may be reasons to deviate from the standard child support guidelines.
To determine specific child support obligations, such as which parent pays for medical expenses, college tuition, or day-care, divorcing parents can negotiate and come to a mutually agreeable solution. Coming to this agreement may be difficult- consulting with The Law Office of Aarti Gujral concerning child support decisions will help ensure that your rights are protected during your divorce proceedings.
Many factors are taken into account when determining the amount and duration of spousal support. 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 marriage is first dissolved, temporary support may be awarded enable a spouse to attain education and training necessary to allow that spouse to reenter the job market. 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.