The calculation and payment of child support can often be a confusing process that is difficult for parents to understand. Our firm tries to ensure that the clients understand how child support is calculated and the reasoning that is behind the calculation of the child support. If you have questions or concerns regarding a child support issue, we will provide the strategy and guidance you need to ensure you understand the process and that your rights are protected.
If you are awarded sole or primary custody, the non-custodial parent can be legally required to pay a certain amount of child support each month. Generally, child support is based on the South Carolina Department of Social Services Child Support Guidelines. There are several factors that are used in the calculation of child support, including the gross income of the parties, health insurance cost, and the cost of child care. Ideally, the child support payments will be made on the same day each month or on a weekly basis, with the court system managing and tracking each payment to ensure the payments are made. In cases where the parties are amicable, child support does not have to be paid through the Court. If the non-custodial parent fails to pay child support as ordered, he or she may face legal and/or financial consequences including incarceration, fines, and reimbursement of attorney fees.
Whether you are a father or a mother contemplating the best way to proceed, we can provide you with essential advice and specific legal information that will help you get through this difficult time. We work to ensure child support is calculated properly and fairly for our clients. Despite a fixed formula being used to calculate child support, disputes often arise regarding the income of the parties, the reasonableness of day care expenses, and special circumstances that should warrant additional support.
Generally, the most important factor in a child support case is the income of both parties. This becomes a major issue when parents are self-employed or work in commission based jobs where income is not consistent. It is imperative to have the assistance of a child support lawyer in these types of cases. We work to ensure that the income of the parties is properly taken into account in calculating child support. Child support is often difficult for clients to understand and we are there to make sure that not only is child support calculated properly, but that the client understands how the child support was determined.
You can trust that we will handle your case with the compassion and personal attention you deserve, and that we will do all we can to achieve what is best for you and your family. If you have a case that involves child support in Fort Mill, Indian Land, Lancaster, or Rock Hill and you need advice now, let us guide you in your pursuit of a positive outcome. To learn about your options and your legal rights, please contact us to schedule a consultation.