As a marriage comes to an end, there is nothing more important than ensuring your children are financially secure. Depending on the financial standing of each spouse, the court may award periodic monetary payments to be made to the custodial parent by the non-custodial parent. Child support is meant to cover child care expenses for food, shelter, clothing, and education; yet it can result in bitter disputes over finances and obligations.
At Collins Family Law Group, we understand how complex this area of law can be because children have a number of expenses, and while some are considered, others will not be. Our Fort Mill child support attorneys can listen to what you want from your child support agreement and fight to get you those results. Whether you need to modify a previous child support agreement or draft a completely new set of terms, our firm is here to help.
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A number of key factors determine the amount of child support to be paid. That includes, but is not limited to, both spouse’s incomes, bonuses, commissions, self-employment incomes, rental property incomes, severance, annuities, capital gains, gifts, lottery winnings, workers’ compensation, unemployment and social security. While the calculation is usually governed by the South Carolina Child Support Guidelines, a court can deviate from this amount if it finds the amount to be inconsistent with the child’s needs, or the amount is unjust or inappropriate.
In addition to direct support payments to the custodial parent, a non-custodial parent may also be obligated to contribute to childcare costs and other expenses, including medical insurance coverage for the minor child. Income that may be excluded from child support obligation includes support received for other children, food benefits, and other types of general public assistance.
Once a child support agreement is decided on, it can still be modified if circumstances change. If a parent wishes to modify the child support amount, they can request a hearing with the assigned judge. The judge has the authority to adjust the amount of support up or down, depending on the evidence presented, so long as the judge is satisfied that a substantial change of circumstances occurred. Examples of substantial changes of circumstances include:
Are you unsure of where to go next with your child support issues? At Collins Family Law Group, we are ready to listen to your concerns, build a strong legal plan, and help facilitate the best possible outcome for your situation. If you want to speak to a Fort Mill child support lawyer, give us a call at (704) 286-6881 or fill out our online form.