If I Have Joint Custody Of My Children, Do I Still Have to Pay Child Support?
Today, I wanna take an opportunity to discuss a misconception that I receive and feel that some of the people who call my office have.
They believe that if the couple has joined custody of the children, then they do not need to pay child support. I’ve gotten phone calls from potential clients saying, “Well, you know, we are agreeing to joined custody and therefore I don’t have to pay child support.”
The truth of the matter is that even with joined physical custody, one of the parents might still have to pay child support if there is no agreement between the parties to waive the child support.
The court looks at the two parties who have joined custody and looks at the income, the gross income, income before taxes of each party to allocate child support. And then the difference of that will be the responsibility of the parent who earned more a month.
For example, if we have one child, the court will look at parent A’s gross monthly income and multiply that by 16%. And the same will be done for parent B’s monthly income. If there’s a difference, any difference whatsoever, the court will then allocate that difference to the parent who’s earning more money in the month.
Joined physical custody, joined legal custody does not mean that you do not automatically have to pay child support. Child support is computed based on a statute. And depending on the number of children, there is a percentage that must be paid per that statute.
If you have questions about this, if you need clarification it, please go to vegasdivorcemeeting.com. I’ll be more than happy to sit down with you to discuss this further.
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