posted in Child Support
on Thursday, October 11, 2012.
Is it better to argue over a change in circumstance after the divorce, or should an individual allow things to happen the way that his spouse wants? That’s what one man is asking himself after the divorce settlement saw alimony and child support waived.
After having two children — who are now 9 and 11 years old — the married couple dissolved their relationship. They both moved from the state in which they were married, and the ex-wife planned to eventually move to Israel, where she is originally from, with both children. All alimony was waived by her, and child support was determined as nonexistent so that the father could travel to Israel and have parenting time.
However, his ex-wife now wants him to take custody of their 11-year-old son so that he can receive his education in the U.S. This means that the 9-year-old daughter would still head to Israel with her mother. In addition, the mother wants 17 percent of his income as child support for the daughter.
An expert weighed in on the situation and determined that it may be wise for him to go along with the deal because it could be less expensive than taking her to court. In order to figure this out, the expert assumed that the man was making $50,000 more than his wife. This means that he would have to pay $6,250 per year until his daughter turns 21 years old, based on the requested percentage of the wife.
However, when she graduates high school in Israel, the daughter will spend two years in the Israeli army, when child support will not be necessary. This means that he will have to pay for approximately 10 years.
Depending on the length and depth of any litigation in this case, it could be more expensive than paying for the support she is requesting. In addition, he gets one of the children and will not have to travel to Israel as often to share in the parenting of their children.
Source: Boston Herald, “Legal fees could surpass child support,” Gerald Nissenbaum, Sept. 30, 2012