Child support is a huge issue for the custodial and non-custodial parents alike. By law, this periodic payment is meant to support the children after the termination of the marriage or other relationships. However, things sometimes don’t go as smooth as planned; especially with the involvement of other parties like other caregivers, children from other relationships or the state itself.
Nebraska Child Support aims to make life easier for all involved parties. Lack of child support or failing to make adequate periodic payments negatively affects the child’s emotional and physical well-being. Sometimes the custodial parents will have to spend money and time in court to claim this right. Apart from the money spent, these procedures can increase the impact of the emotional trauma that usually affects children after the end of their parents’ marriage.
Nebraska Child Support introduced a handy tool that will give an accurate estimate of how much the custodial parent should pay. This calculator uses a given set of information then accurately calculates how much the non-custodial parent has to pay every month according to Nebraska’s child support guidelines.
This tool is very useful for the non-custodial and custodial parents alike. A parent, who is considering divorce, will use this calculator to estimate the amount they will receive or pay before they decide to end their marriage. This can give them the information they need to consider securing another source of income. If the child is raised by another caregiver or a grandparent, this will also help them understand the amount of money they will have to manage.
How to Use the Child Support Calculator:
This calculator doesn’t provide exact figures. But it serves as an educational tool that gives an estimate of the amount of money that has to be paid as child support.
The estimate depends on a number of variables and aims to give a comprehensive idea of how the financial issues will be handled after the separation of the parents:
- The number of children involved in the divorce.
- Net monthly income of the non-custodial parent and the monthly child support money they pay for children from prior relationships or marriages.
- Net monthly income of the custodial parent and the monthly child support money they pay for children from prior relationships or marriages.
- Monthly cost of the family health insurance paid by the non-custodial and custodial parent.
- Monthly cost of daycare if paid by the non-custodial or custodial parent.
Since these pieces of information are usually known to the concerned parties or their lawyers, the estimate is usually very close to the amount that will be eventually paid by court order. Understanding the financial issues related to child support can be overwhelming especially if one or both of the parents are going through other problems related to the divorce. Nebraska Child Support can even help enforce payments if the non-custodial parent is not paying their court-ordered monthly child support. They can help the custodial parents locate the non-custodial parents, can withhold income and report credit to help the children get the financial support they need.