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Does child support double for each additional child?

As a parent with multiple children, one of your major concerns following divorce is how much money you'll have to provide in support. It's not easy to pay enough support for one child, and you know that you also have to pay additional for your second child.

The good news about child support is that there are guidelines that determine how much you should pay. There is also the potential to discuss what you can pay with your spouse during the divorce and to agree on a payment amount each month ahead of time. As long as you agree, this is something that a judge could approve, though they'd want to see good reasoning behind your decision.

Get ready for your custody hearing with these tips

You may never have thought that your marriage would come to an end or that you'd end up fighting to stay in your child's life. Now, you know that you have no choice but to go to a custody hearing, and it's scary.

The reality is that you can take several steps to better prepare for a hearing and to impress the judge. Here's some information on what you should do to make a good impression.

How can you successfully navigate co-parenting?

Life after divorce can be complicated, especially when you are a parent. If you and your ex decided to co-parent, this can be even more complex. Co-parenting involves a lot of communication, compromise and thought. How can parents successfully navigate the complicated world of co-parenting? Here are a few things to keep in mind.


What should you do before you seek a divorce?

Before you decide to get a divorce, there are some questions you should ask yourself. You don't want to rush into a divorce, because doing so could mean that you haven't really thought through the implications. You may face financial issues or find that a divorce isn't the solution you thought it would be.

Before you talk to your spouse about getting a divorce, you're best off to consider your children. It's particularly common for parents to put off a divorce until after special times, like if a child has important tests coming up or a birthday party that happens soon. You don't want the divorce to overshadow important events.

Alternative dispute resolution can help you with custody concerns

It is important for two parents who have children together to be able to work together toward a common goal. Even if that goal is simply exchanging the child from one home to the other without disputes, that's a place to start.

It's the reality that child custody arrangements aren't always going to be the way a parent wants. It's impossible for a child to be two places at once, so someone has to give up time for the other parent to get time with the child.

Know your right to spousal support

Spousal maintenance is an important factor in many divorces. For people who have not worked during a marriage, it could be the boost they need while they search for a job or get back on their feet.

Many people scoff at the idea of continuing to pay support to an ex-spouse, but the reality is that it may be the only way for that spouse to have the financial support needed to go back to school or to live somewhat comfortably until they have the chance to catch up in their career.

Choose the type of divorce you want based on the facts

One of the most common questions attorneys are asked when clients come to them seeking divorce is, "Is a no-fault or at-fault divorce better?" Both types of divorce can be beneficial in some cases, but deciding on which to use may come down to your personal preference.

In a no-fault divorce, neither party is blaming the other. That means that no one has to take time to prove fault, either. The couple may choose to divorce based on irreconcilable differences or a breakdown of the marriage and nothing more. All states recognize the right to a no-fault divorce, but couples may be required to live separately for a length of time based on where they wish to divorce.

Tips to make joint custody work

Most divorced parents in New York have joint custody of their children. They share parenting time and responsibilities, which allows both parents to continue playing a role in their child's life.

However, that is not always as easy as it sounds. Divorce is a highly emotional and stressful experience for a family to go through. Even after the divorce is finalized, you and your ex may run into challenges regarding custodial matters. Everyone's situation is different, but here are some tips to help make joint custody work. 

Man arrested for owing $250,000 in child support

Child support is an important part of a child's life. Each parent has to support their own home, and there has to be a place for the child as well.

When one parent has primary custody, it is typical for the other to pay child support and have visitation. Failing to pay child support is a serious offense, and it's one that can lead to an arrest and time in jail.

Exploring the idea of virtual visitation

Determining a visitation schedule for your family can be challenging. It might come to the point where you need to have the court create a schedule for custody. Both parents might not be satisfied with the court's decision but it must be followed. One way to help the noncustodial parent cope with not seeing their child daily is to explore the idea of virtual visitation.

First off, what is virtual visitation? Virtual visitation is exactly what you are likely thinking. It is the ability to speak with and see your child using technology. The forms of technology available for virtual visitation include the following:

  • Email
  • Text messages
  • Social media
  • Video chat
  • Instant messages
  • Phone calls