If you are applying for divorce, a judge must be satisfied that you have made reasonable arrangements to support the children of the marriage. The judge can refuse to grant your divorce if he or she feels your child support arrangements are not reasonable.
Reasonable arrangements are generally considered to be either a court order or written agreement setting out the amount of child support in accordance with the Federal Child Support Guidelines of May 1, 2006. It is important to note that divorcing couples with dependent children have virtually no discretion as to the amount of child support paid. The court expects child support to be paid according to the Guidelines.
If your arrangements for the children are unresolved, or child support is less than the guideline amount, we recommend that you consult a lawyer. A lawyer may be able to help resolve this issue, which would allow you to continue with a do-it-yourself divorce.