There are many myths that surround child support in divorce proceedings, including misconceptions on how judges determine support arrangements and responsibilities for payments. We’ve collected a few of the most common myths about child support we’ve come across to set the record straight.
MYTH: If the parties agree, child support can be waived.
Even in the instance of the parties agreeing that child support is unnecessary, child support cannot be waived. The parties may have the option to agree that it is in the best interests of the child that support not currently be paid, but child support can never be permanently waived.
MYTH: My child support arrangement is permanent.
Although child support is required until the child in question turns 18 (or beyond age 18 in certain circumstances), the terms of that arrangement — including payment dates, amount paid and other such issues — could change. Thus, both parents must participate in ongoing communication to ensure all responsibilities are met.
MYTH: Money from child support must go directly to the children.
Child support payments help the recipient afford the child’s basic needs, but can also be used to cover housing costs, childcare, healthcare and other expenses. Parents who receive child support do not need to track exactly how they used the money.
MYTH: Most people don’t pay their child support.
While it is true that there’s an unfortunately large number of delinquent child support payors in the United States, that number certainly does not account for the majority. Plus, not paying child support payments could result in significant legal penalties.
For more information on child support arrangements and protecting the best interests of your children, work with a dedicated Minnesota family law attorney at Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A.
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