A key understanding in all divorce cases that involve children is both parents have an ongoing obligation to support their children.
Divorce or separation does not negate or minimize the level of obligation to support and properly care for the children.
The court’s primary goal is to establish post-divorce custody orders that are in the best interest of the child. In most cases, one parent receives custody of the child the majority of the time, as opposed to equal time.
To help that parent, the court orders the other parent to pay child support. The amount is usually based on the income of both parents and is made in light of what will be in the best interest of the children. Child Support guidelines created by state law help arrive at the amount the other parent must pay. But what do you do if the other parent fails to pay you the required amount?