Child Support Lawyers in South Carolina
Resolving Child Support Issues in York & Fort Mill
Child support is a crucial aspect of any divorce or separation agreement. It is money paid by one parent to the other to ensure that the child’s standard of living is not reduced because of a separation. Usually, a parent making more money will pay the parent making less money. South Carolina, like all states, has been mandated by federal law to develop child support guidelines to calculate child support. Our South Carolina child support attorneys can provide you with detailed legal representation.
These guidelines take into account the following factors:
- The number of children
- The gross income of each parent
- Any alimony received by a parent
- The cost of work-related childcare
- The number of overnights the child has with each parent
- The cost of medical insurance for the children in the case
- Court-ordered obligations of either party such as child support for previous children or alimony court ordered for previous spouses, or alimony in the current action
Based on statistical tables, the amount of child support ordered is supposed to represent a proportional income-sharing model for the support of the children from each parent.There are some fact patterns that will support a deviation up or down from the guideline calculations, but generally speaking, the guidelines will determine the child support. To make sure the calculations are accurate or that the possibility of deviation is evaluated, please see an experienced family law attorney.
Modification of Child Support
Once an Order for Support is entered, the only way the amount ordered can be changed is to file a complaint about a Modification and prove that there has been a significant change in circumstances since the order was entered. The standard is the same whether you are requesting an increase or a decrease in the amount of support. Usually, the reason people move to modify is a change in income or a change in expenses related to the child like medical expenses and day care costs.
Learn how our South Carolina family lawyer can help you by calling our office at (704) 343-8811.