Child support is not as simple as simply determining the amount of a monthly stipend for the child. Because it is a highly contentious issue, especially for less than amicable cases of divorce, a final agreement may require a lot of negotiation, offers and counter-offers until the details are fully ironed out.
Getting divorced should not affect a parent’s desire and responsibility to provide support for their child. Whatever animosity may exist between the couple should not interfere with their relationship with the child.
Usually, though, the matter of custody will determine who will be assigned to provide child support on a regular basis. This is usually computed based on the financial capacity of the non-custodial parent, as well as the amount of time the parents are able to spend with the children.
Length of Child Support
The law states that child support must be paid until the child officially becomes an adult, unless the child has special needs. It also stops once the child begins goes on active-duty in the military or when you lose your parental rights through emancipation or adoption.
A knowledgeable family attorney should be able to help you work out the details with your spouse so that you may come to an agreement that would work best for your children.