Getting divorced can take an emotional toll. An individual may be ending his or her marriage to someone who he or she has deeply cared about for years, maybe even decades, and the circumstances that gave rise to the dissolution may be heart-wrenching. And yet, emotional harm is not the only issue divorcing couples have to contend with. They also have to find a way to deal with the financial realities of the situation.
One of the most common issues dealt with in a divorce is child support. These monthly payments, made by a noncustodial parent to a custodial parent, are intended to help pay for medical expenses, everyday costs, and educational expenses, amongst others. It is the state's position that it takes two people to create a child, and both of those parents should be financially responsible for the upbringing of that child.