Idaho Child Custody & Idaho Child Support
UPDATED: March 3, 2020
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Idaho courts, like family courts in all states, will push divorcing parents to work out a parenting agreement on their own, outside of court, particularly because such amicable agreements are often reflective of the best interests of the children. If the parents cannot come to an agreement, then the court will step in to decide issues such as child custody, child support, and visitation rights, and will do so with the best interests of the children in mind. The following are the laws governing Idaho child custody and support.
Idaho Child Custody:
Idaho courts will do everything possible to lessen the emotional impact on children of divorcing parents. If the parents cannot agree on a plan for custody, the courts will decide what is best for the children and will place great importance on the willingness of either parent to encourage a relationship between the children and the other parent, as well as any history of violence or abusive conduct by either parent.
Idaho Child Support:
Child support in Idaho is determined in accordance with the Income Shares Model for child support, where each parent's income is considered in relative proportion. The support amounts calculated from each parent then help decide which parent must pay the other in order to maintain the correct proportion and provide for the needs of the child.
These guidelines are not always followed, but a decision to follow a different standard will require supportive evidence showing 1) all the factors that affect the parties financial obligations differently, and 2) how applying a standard other than the Income Shares Model will more effectively preserve the best interests of the child.
The factors that can be considered here are numerous, and include but are not limited to the following:
- Pre-dissolution or pre-separation standard of living that the child enjoyed
- Monetary support provided for other family members
- Debts arising during the marriage for the child's benefit
- Imputed income to a party who is voluntarily unemployed for the child's benefit
- Court-ordered payments for health care and education for the child's benefit
- Children's independent financial resources, if any
- Education, training, and/or career opportunities of the parties and/or ability to pursue those things
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