Think carefully about child support obligations
We recently discussed some tips for handling a child support modification case. If you recall, we discussed how it is important to take action quickly if you are aware that you can’t keep up with the payments as ordered. This is a very important point when it comes to your child support payments because failing to make payments can land you in legal trouble.
Raising a child is an expensive undertaking. This is one reason why child support is so important. Your child needs your financial support. According to the most recent data, low-income families can expect to pay around $175,000 to raise a child. High-income families can expect to spend around $372,000 to raise a child. Of course, this can vary greatly based on certain facts, but it does give you an idea of why your payments are necessary.
We know that you want to take care of your child. If you aren’t able to maintain the current level of support that is ordered, we can look at your situation and let you know your options. It is important to get started right away because the longer you wait, the more in arrears you might be.
Child support payments aren’t the only aspect of the order that you need to think about. You also need to think about medical insurance and care for your child. If you are ordered to pay for these, make sure that you are keeping this up. If you don’t have a health care insurance option for your child any longer, be sure to head to court if you need that point addressed in the child custody and support order.