Can Both Parents Be Liable for Child Support in Idaho?

by Heather Frances J.D. Google
Divorced parents must continue to provide financial support for their children.

Divorced parents must continue to provide financial support for their children.

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In Idaho, as in other states, parents are responsible for providing support for their children, regardless of the parents' marital status. And, parents who are not married or who are divorcing are equally responsible to financially care for their children. Typically, support is provided with monetary payments from the noncustodial parent to the custodial parent.

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Idaho Support Guidelines

Idaho has established child support guidelines to help its state courts set payment amounts for noncustodial parents. The guidelines use the combined income of the two parents to set the amount of support. Then, the court divides that support responsibility between the parents based on the portion of the couple's earnings. For example, a parent who earns 60 percent of the family income pays 60 percent of the required child support.

Noncustodial Parent Responsibilities

Noncustodial parents must pay their court-ordered child support, and these payments are typically made through the state's child support agency. For example, the support amount may be deducted from the noncustodial parent's paycheck by the employer, submitted to the state agency, which then forwards it to the custodial parent. Custodial parents do not actually make cash payments for their share of child support. Instead, they provide their share of support by providing the things their children physically need.