It is important that the parties in a divorce or family law case involving minor and dependent children understand the basics of child support.
Child support belongs to the minor child. Neither party should be able to waive the child’s right to financial support. The parties may contract between themselves as to who will assume certain obligations such as school uniforms or Summer camp, but should not contract away child support. Note, parties do not have to provide child support pursuant to the state guidelines if there is a substitute obligation in lieu of the guidelines, for example monthly private school tuition and other expenses.
Bottom line: It is all about the child, and not the adults. The purpose is to improve the child’s quality of life and provide for the child’s needs.