Dispelling Common Myths about Child Support
Contrary to popular belief, child support isn’t a rare occurrence. In fact, divorced parents in the US contribute over $220 billion annually towards child support. The government even collects a further $31 billion from parents defaulting on their court-ordered payments.
The Fallacy of Joint Custody Exemption
Many falsely believe that joint custody eliminates child support requirements. However, most joint custody scenarios still require some support payments to ensure both parents contribute to their children’s upkeep. The calculation factors in primary physical custody, parents’ income, and the child’s age.
Misconception about Tax Deductibility
A widespread misconception is that child support payments are tax-deductible. However, the parent receiving these payments does not claim them as income, and the payer cannot deduct them from their taxes.
Myth about Child Support Termination
Some believe child support ends when the child turns 18. However, if the child is still in high school or has disabilities, the payments may extend beyond this age. Overdue child support can also be collected post the child turning 18.
Misunderstanding Child Support Expenditure
There’s a misunderstanding that child support exclusively caters to the child’s direct costs. However, it can also address child-related expenses like utilities, insurance, and house payments.
Debunking Job Quitting and Child Support Modification
Some parents quit their jobs to decrease or evade child support payments. However, the courts often calculate based on previous employment and do not permit this tactic.
Busting the Myth about Fixed Child Support Amount
The myth that child support amount is fixed post-divorce agreement finalization is also false. Courts frequently adjust the amount for unforeseen expenses or income changes.
Myth about Bankruptcy and Child Support
Bankruptcy does not free parents from child support duties. This common myth needs debunking.
Misinformation about Non-Payment and Parental Rights
Finally, non-payment of child support does not lead to loss of parental rights. Courts can’t deny parental time due to owed support funds, and withholding visitations based on nonpayment can invite legal trouble.
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