Divorce Mediation Child Support and Child Custody Issues at the Long Island Center for Divorce Mediation
Custody has two aspect: legal and residential. Legal custody refers to making major decisions about the child’s life. Residential custody refers to where the children live most of the time. The residential custodial parent is entitled to child support. Ordinarily the residential custodial parent’s home address is the address for the child’s school enrollment. Child custody is one of the major issues to be negotiated during Divorce Mediation.
Child support is money paid by the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent for the support of the children. Child support has two part: basic child support, and the so-called “extras”. The basic child support payment covers food, clothing, and shelter.
The “extras” are not entirely extra, but they are calculated separately from the basic child support and are much more discretionary. They include health insurance for the children, after-school activities, and so forth. Typically they are allocated between the the parents based on the ratio of their respective incomes. In our example here, the non-custodial parent’s share of the combined income is 68% and the custodial parent’s share is 32%. In mediation people often use a different formula, and 50/50 is not uncommon.
One of the benefits of a mediated divorce rather than a litigated one is that you have much more flexibility in making the child support numbers fit your circumstances.
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