The financial responsibility of raising a child or children is the joint responsibility of both parents.
Either parent may request a child support order, whether or not the parents are/were ever married.
Amongst other factors, the courts will look at the income of both parents and the percentage of time the child or children spend with each parent when determining the amount of Guideline support.
Failure or refusal to pay court ordered Child Support payments can have very serious consequences resulting in penalties such as wage garnishment, property seizure, or withholding of federal tax refunds.
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Child support depends on a number of different factors. Amongst other things, the court will consider the amount of money each parent makes and the time each parent spends with the child or children.
This is a common misconception. Filing first does not give anyone the upper hand. The law is applied equally regardless of which party files first.
Filing first does however set some important dates regarding the commencement of temporary orders for custody, visitations and support issues.
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