The Fairness Of Child Support Laws

The Fairness Of Child Support Laws

A recently-published study led by two professors at Arizona State University shows that many Americans do not believe current child support policies are fair. Typically, child support in North Carolina and other states is based on established guidelines. According to the study, the public feels like the child support amount a noncustodial parent pays should be adjusted appropriately based on the custodial parent’s income.

Both parent’s incomes are taken into account in some states when figuring out child support payments, but the focus in other states is on the noncustodial parent’s income. Since little polling is done in this field of law, policymakers could use this information to gain a better understanding of what the public thinks. However, this does not mean that significant changes will necessarily occur.

While the public’s opinion is valuable, not everyone has an accurate understanding of how child support orders are arrived at. There are also multiple factors involved in many cases. For example, one parent may have difficulty making payments due to his or her income level. However, an adjustment might not occur if this parent does not pay the medical bills the custodial parent pays. This means a sense of fairness is already present in the support calculations, but parents may never feel like the system is correct as one family law attorney said that both sides usually think they are getting a raw deal.

While far too many noncustodial parents simply refuse to meet their child support obligations, others become unable to do so as a result of an adverse change in circumstances such as unexpected unemployment. In such a situation, a family law attorney might offer assistance in filing a petition with the court for a modification of the order.

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