You and your spouse are planning to split up. As hard as it is, you have to do it. You’re focusing on the kids every step of the way, and you want to know as much as possible about child support before you set foot in the courtroom.
To help, here are a few common questions and answers that you may find very interesting.
- Do men or women pay support more often?
Men are ordered to pay support more often than women, but that doesn’t mean every case is the same. About 85 percent of those who pay are men and 15 percent are women.
- How often do people fail to pay?
Even though it’s illegal not to pay child support, it happens a lot. Some studies have found that about 30 percent of parents who have custody of their kids never get even a cent.
- How much is the average payment? Is the reason that people don’t pay just because it’s too high?
While what is “too high” is different on a case-by-case basis, the average payment is just $430 per month.
- Does the federal government make rules about how much has to be paid?
No. The guidelines that judges in Ector and Midland County, Texas, use are set at the state level.
- If you go bankrupt, can you get rid of your obligation to pay?
You cannot. While bankruptcy can get rid of many types of debt, you cannot discharge child support payments or back payments that are owed.
While these are five important questions, they just scratch the tip of the iceberg. Be sure you know everything about your rights and your kids’ rights as the case proceeds.