Child Support and Spousal Support
Child Support : Both parents are mutually responsible for the support of their minor children according to the parent’s circumstances and station in life and in the manner suitable to the child’s circumstances. Determination of child support is based on various factors, including but not limited to, income of both parents and percentage of time each parent has physical custody of the children. Generally, child support is terminated either when the child reaches the age of eighteen (18), or when the child graduates from high school, but in any event no later than the age of nineteen (19).
Spousal Support : A court may consider one’s financial status or any premarital written agreement in granting temporary spousal support. The support will terminate upon either the death or the remarriage of the receiving party. One rule of thumb is that spousal support will continue for approximately one half the term of the marriage except if the parties have had a long term marriage (over 10 years of marriage), then spousal support will continue indefinitely until the spouse receiving the support remarries or dies.