Be informed about your obligations and rights regarding your children


Life’s Financial Journeys

Heading Off to College
Getting Out on Your Own
Blending Two Lives
Having a Child
Emptying the Nest
Entering Retirement
Divorce
Death of a Life Partner
Military Life


All states have child support guidelines that for setting the amount that one or both parents are obligated to pay. The goal is to support the children in a way that make sense for each of them relative to their parent’s individual income.

Child support generally is designed to cover basics like food, clothing and a place to live. Responsibility for payment for other items of expense such as health insurance and education may also be specified in a divorce decree. Sometimes the parent who earns more may need to pick up more of these expenses and sometimes they will be divided equally.

The following resources may assist you in learning about your obligations and rights regarding your children:

What to Know About Paying Child Support

Summary of Child Support Laws By State

Child Support Modification

State and Tribal Child Support Agency Contacts


Divorce Tasks

1. Dividing assets and debts
2. Revising your spending plan
3. Managing your health care plan
4. Managing continuing financial arrangements with an ex-spouse
5. Protecting your loved ones financially if you were to die

Managing continuing financial arrangements with an ex-spouse Subtasks

1. Be informed about your obligations and rights regarding your ex-spouse
2. Be informed about your obligations and rights regarding your children
3. Obtain amounts owed if they are not being received
4. Provide for your own financial needs

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