4 common myths about child support

On Behalf of | Sep 3, 2023 | Blog, Child Support |

When a divorcing couple has children, the court often orders child support to ensure the well-being of those children after the divorce. Although child support is commonly recognized, there are many misconceptions that can lead to confusion and uncertainty.

When you understand the truth behind the most common myths, it helps you prepare for your case.

Myth 1: Child support is permanent and unchangeable

You might worry about what happens when something changes with custody or finances after you receive a child support order. Many people believe that the order is permanent once issued, but that is not true. You can petition for modification when something changes.

Myth 2: Child support is taxable income

As the recipient of child support, you might have heard that the payments you receive count as taxable income. Since the intention of support is to provide for your child’s needs, it does not count as taxable income.

Myth 3: Child support orders are always enforced

According to TransUnion, two-thirds of child support delinquencies remain in arrears a year after the initial default report. Although a child support order is legally binding, the enforcement of those orders varies. In some states, receiving parents have the option to request or refuse enforcement. You may have the opportunity to choose your enforcement preferences when the judge issues the order.

Myth 4: Child support ends at 18

You might assume that when a child turns 18, the child support obligation goes away. In some states that is true. However, many child support orders extend beyond the age of 18, particularly when the child is in school or has special needs.

The more you know about the truth behind these myths, the easier it is to approach your child support settlement process.