Child support is an essential protection and benefit that is often granted to children when their parents divorce or separate. The goal of support is to provide the child with the same financial support that they would have received if both parents were residing in the same household.
In Kansas, much like in other states, child support is normally paid by the parent who sees the child less or who earns more. For example, an high-earning parent who sees their child two days a week is likely to pay support to a lesser-earning ex-spouse who cares for their child five days a week.
The amount of support you pay is based on a percentage of the parents’ combined gross incomes. Deductions are available, which is something to discuss with your attorney to help prevent child support from being higher than expected.
Child support is expensive; can I seek a modification?
Child support can be expensive. However, the amount determined by the court should be reasonable. If you have been told that you’ll have to pay support but don’t think you can afford it, it’s worth taking time to talk about any change in your circumstances that would affect your support obligation.
It is also important not to stop paying support or to pay only a portion of the support you owe unless absolutely necessary. If you do, you could be charged with contempt, which could lead to assets and income being seized by the state. Your attorney will be happy to talk to you about options if your child support obligations are making it hard to live with a good quality of life.