Child support can be a complicated topic to navigate, especially when emotions are running high. As a potential client, you may have questions about how child support works and what your obligations may be. In this blog post, we’ll go over three important things you need to know about child support so you can make informed decisions for your family.
1. Child support payments are determined by state guidelines.
Each state has its own guidelines and formulas for calculating child support payments. Typically, the guidelines take into account factors such as the income of both parents, the number of children, and the amount of time each parent spends with the children. However, there may be special circumstances that can affect the amount of child support ordered, such as medical needs of the child or significant income differences between the parents.
It’s important to work with an experienced attorney who is familiar with the child support guidelines in your state. They can make sure that your child support obligation is fair and accurate based on your individual circumstances.
2. Child support orders can be modified.
If your financial situation changes, or if your child’s needs change, you may be able to modify your child support order. For example, if you lose your job or have a significant decrease in income, you may be able to lower your child support payments. On the flip side, if your income increases, you may be required to pay more in child support.
It’s important to keep accurate financial records and to work with an attorney to request a modification if necessary. Trying to modify child support on your own can be difficult and may result in unfavorable outcomes.
3. Failure to pay child support can have serious consequences.
If you fail to pay child support as ordered, you can face serious consequences such as wage garnishment, suspension of your driver’s license, or even jail time in extreme cases. It’s important to always make your child support payments on time and in full.
If you are struggling to make your child support payments, it’s important to work with an attorney to request a modification rather than simply not paying. By working with an attorney to modify your child support order, you can avoid the serious consequences that come with failing to pay.
Child support can be a complex and emotional topic, but knowing these three important things can help you make informed decisions for your family. Remember that child support payments are determined by state guidelines, but can be modified if your circumstances change. It’s important to always make your child support payments on time and in full to avoid serious consequences. If you have any questions about child support, be sure to work with an experienced attorney who can guide you through the process. Palombo Attorneys at Law can help, call us for a consultation!