Divorces with minor children can be messy. Parents seem to fight over everything, especially child visitation rights and child support. Unfortunately, they usually lose sight of the bigger picture-- the well-being of their children. Parents need to realize child support is for support of their children, not to bump up their disposable income. In dissolutions of marriage involving children, spouses have a tendency to get creative in trying to avoid or reduce their child support payments by lowering their own incomes. However, a court has a mechanism to rebuff any attempts of the parent's trying to reduce their child support payments by artificially lowering their income. A court can and will impute income when they feel a party's unemployment or underemployment is voluntary and used to shirk their child support responsibilities.
Determining child support can be stressful and time consuming. However, it is important for the well-being of the child. Here are three tips to help this process run smoother and cause less headaches.