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Supreme Court rules child support counts as income

It is always difficult to transition from a married life with children to the prospect of two single parents managing their children's needs. There are several factors that can make it even harder, like a contentious relationship between the divorcing spouses.

Financial obligations for your children are important

Raising a child is expensive. The cost might not seem as great when both parents are in a relationship and contributing to the costs of the home and the child. When the parents divorce, there is a chance that one parent might struggle to cover the costs of raising the child. This is where child support comes in. It puts the weight of the financial responsibility on both parents.

Struggling to meet child support doesn't make you a bad parent

During your marriage, whether it lasted less than five years or more than 10, you and your spouse no doubt encountered financial challenges at some point, as most couples do. Your household expenses likely increased substantially when you had children. Many parents struggle to make ends meet. That doesn't necessarily mean they aren't doing everything in their power to provide for their children's needs.

Protect your finances in a child support case

Child support is a big financial undertaking for a parent who has to make these payments. It is all too easy to fall into the mode of thinking that the payments are going to your ex, so they are a burden. Instead of thinking that way, remember that the money you hand over goes directly to helping provide for your children. This might make it easier for you when it is time to pay.

Plan your budget carefully to include child-related expenses

One aspect of child custody cases that many people don't like to think about is child support. This financial support is critical for rearing the children, so you must be prepared to handle the commitment to pay it. No parent should ever think of child support as something negative. In fact, you might even say that paying is an honor since it is a way you can be there for your children even when you can't be around physically.

Don't harbor animosity in child support cases

One of the biggest adjustments for adults who are going through a divorce is learning how to handle the finances. This is especially true when you are going from a two-income household to a single-income home. The challenge is exacerbated when there are children in the picture. You have to make sure that they have what they need. Child support might help you do this.

Set aside child support payments for education

Receiving child support payments from the other parent of your children can help you raise them properly in California. When you receive these payments, it's imperative that you use them properly. If you don't, you could find yourself without the right amount of money to provide for your children. Make sure you set aside child support payments for education.