A Custody Attorney Can Determine Whether You Are Due Child Support

Whether or not there is an agreement of joint child custody, divorced parents are both responsible for contributing financially to the support of their children, and this is true regardless of visitation rights, managing conservatorship, or the remarriage of a parent. Child support requirements are usually part of any divorce or custody settlement, but this doesn’t mean that they can’t be revisited if circumstances should change. If you think monetary circumstances have changed for you or your former spouse, consider a consultation with a child custody attorney, but be sure you understand the basics about how support payment amounts are calculated before scheduling an appointment.

 

To determine child support orders, courts begin by looking at the income of the non-custodial spouse. This includes wages, bonuses, commissions, and any money earned through rentals, odd jobs, investments, or payments from a trust or retirement fund. Taxes, insurance premiums, and medical expenses are then subtracted from the income to determine a gross annual figure, and child support payments are then designated to be a specific percentage of the monthly income – usually 20% for one child and then another 5% for each additional child. Should a spouse’s income increase, a child custody attorney can file documents that allow your monthly support amount to change as well. If your former spouse gets a raise, a different job, or an additional job, or if investments pay off, you may be entitled to larger support payments for your child or children.

A child custody attorney can help you prepare for this or ensure that your child is receiving all the support they are entitled to.

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