Child Support Lawyer to Fight for You & Your Kids
After fighting for custody over your children, child support is going to be a large issue in your case. In the end, you will either be paying child support or receiving child support.
Courts really do not get involved in the amounts of child support that will be paid. This mostly turns out because of the involvement of the Federal government. Since the states receive federal aid, the states must follow standards in their child support statutes to determine amounts regarding child support.
How Do You Calculate Child Support?
There is generally a formula and/or a spreadsheet that is used to calculate child support. Typically, calculations are based upon three main factors:
- the parents’ income
- the percent of time each party has the children, and
- the number of children involved.
What If You Can’t Pay Child Support?
The inability to pay child support does not necessarily mean that you are intentionally violating your order for child support. Sometimes the inability is referred to as financial hardship.
Unfortunately, not paying child support can also result in a suspension of driving privileges in addition to dealing with the court system and possibly DFACS.
You may have numerous reasons for your financial hardship, but they may not entitle you to reduce your child support obligations. For instance, a simple loss of income may not be enough to reduce your obligations. Of course, you could try and modify your child support.
Modifying Child Support – Is It Possible?
When your original child support obligation is determined, the things considered are dictated by statute. Based on the original circumstances of your case or a combination of factors, these obligations may change.
To know if you can change or modify the amount of your child support, our family law lawyer can evaluate all the information used in the initial calculation to see if they have changed or are no longer valid.
For help with child custody, call our child support lawyers at Michael D. Barber & Associates in Atlanta and nearby cities.