When parents in Maryland decide to live separate lives from each other, it can be difficult discerning who pays for what in their child’s upbringing. With more and more families in separate living situations, how do parents work out the financial details of their child’s upbringing? They both want the best for them, so how is it determined to be a fair and equitable solution? The answer is unique to each family, there are several factors that will determine how child support numbers are decided.
Child support is often part of the general child custody arrangement. Determining who has primary physical custody can really impact how child support numbers are calculated. Generally, the parent who has primary physical custody will be the recipient of the child support payments and the other parent, the payee. This is to off-set the everyday and housing costs associated with child-rearing that the other parent may not have on a daily basis.
There are several other factors that determine the amount of child support to aid in raising a child in separate households. Parents’ income is a huge factor, as some parents make much more or much less than others. Children’s needs vary, some may have medical issues that require more funds or possibly after-school activities come with a sizable price tag. All in hopes of meeting the best interests of the child which vary from child to child, household to household.
At the end of the day, the goal of any child support arrangement is to benefit the best interests of the child. Other custody decisions weight heavily on the best interests of the child as well. Parents can and will raise healthy, happy children from separate households. It’s about making a plan and sticking to it that will ensure success.
Source: FindLaw, “How to Calculate Child Support,” Accessed July 31, 2017