In the world of the Internet, memes and false information, there’s no amount of myths and lies about paying child support on the Internet. While the web has made it easier to discover your own truths without paying an arm and a leg for legal advice or the questionable information from experts. But there are, of course, hard truths – and it is nowhere more evident than in the child support process.
In order to save you time, money, and headaches, here are the 5 truths about child support.
- You Have to Pay: Yes, we do understand that there will be extenuating circumstances. A loss of a job, health, bankruptcy, all come to mind. But if the court makes you legally responsible to pay child support, you will have to fulfill on the obligation. If you miss payments, you still owe the money, even in extenuating circumstances. The amounts may vary, but not the obligation. And if you fail to pay routinely, there are any number of fines, penalties and even jail sentences that can be levied against you. This is why it’s important to get on a system that automates payments easily and with little hassle. SupportPay is the first automated child support platform, and helps you with all your child support financial needs.
- You Can Pay Child Support Through Different Methods: While you are obligated to payments, that doesn’t mean you are tied to one specific means or use of payment. Sometimes the state does wage garnishments. Other times you can work with your company to have them automatically taken out. Other times you can simply send a check. The truth is that you can use all of none of these methods. Still, we recommend finding a solution that is automated. It removes the chance for human error, and you will have an easy to locate record in case you need it.
- The Amount You Owe Is Specific To Each State and Instance: So maybe you’ve heard stories where some parents have to pay untold amounts of their income to child support. Or that the numbers may sound astronomical to you. Or that up to 80% could go to child support payments. All of these are largely tall tales, with the truth being one that is very simple: the truth is that it varies, but not by much. Each state has a specific calculation and has a specific percentage of income that has to be dedicated to child support payments. If you’re interested in finding out what your state’s calculator looks like, visit our child support resources center, where we have information on every state.
- You Will Still Have to Communicate with Your Ex After the Divorce: We know this is a bitter pill to swallow, but it’s the truth. So long as you share a child with your ex, you share responsibility. And that will involve, in one way or another, communication. Whether its on time management, payments, or specific duties and responsibilities, you will have to find a means to communicate effectively. SupportPay has an easy way for parents to communicate in our tool. Try it today.
- You Need to Track Your Payments: We get it – you’re paying on time. Why would you need to track it? Shouldn’t that be enough? Unfortunately, in the land where everything needs to be tracked and laws are as complex as they are – no. You’re going to need a way to track, monitor, and keep record of your payments. SupportPay allows you to do just that. Whether it’s for tax purposes, or legal documentation, or court cases, our tool easily allows you to access your payments records.