You will need to see what your state laws say about child support. The key point to child support is to make sure that the children are taken care of when the parents separate. After a divorce, some people cannot provide enough for their family on one income, that is why you need to file for child support.
The judge will make the child support reasonable by looking at what the father or mother makes along with the guardian of the child and then the needs of the child. The older a child gets, the more money you will pay because their needs increase. Those who refuse to pay their child support will be prosecuted. It is against the law to ignore the decisions of the courts. Usually, for child support you get to see the children on a regular basis.
Both parents have a duty towards the children. One will give the support, and the other will use the support money to help their children's expenses. Usually, the one who has the least time with the child will pay the support. Sometimes it is the father and sometimes it is the mother. Your martial issues are never a concern in the child support because it doesn't matter what went wrong with the marriage, only that the child is taken care of. The only thing that matters is if the parent is responsible. If there was abuse, obviously they won't get custody and will end up paying child support regardless of visitation.
You do not get to choose what you will pay, so you need to do your research when you first start the divorce proceedings. You will first want to make sure that your payment is scheduled. Your payment is due a certain time of the month and if it isn't on time, you may end up in jail for unpaid child support. Child support is not only used to give the child shelter, food, and clothes. It may also be used to purchase school supplies as well as other related things. Your payments will stop as soon as they turn 18. Some states require you to pay child support past 18 if they are still in high school or even college. If they become emancipated, you don't have to pay child support anymore either. Obviously if the child dies, you no longer have to either.
Find out right away what you may be paying because if you don't pay then you will either go to jail, and things will be auctioned off to pay your debt. You will have property seized by the government and then they sell the items to get the money. If you would like to keep your things or freedom, you may want to think about the amount you are willing to pay and then consult your lawyer on seeing if you can get the payment around that amount. Most people pay about $200-300 a month on child support per child.
You may have to get a second job just to keep your payments coming. Don't worry about not getting the payment on time, because most employers will send it straight from your paycheck. Every check that you get, you will have a little bit taken each time for your child support bill. If you are used to living quite extravagantly, when you start paying child support, your spending will have to go down so that you can afford to live on what you make.
Child support is very serious and you will find that it isn't cheap. Consult your lawyer to find out what you should expect to pay.