Louisville Child Support Attorney
Child support is an aspect of family law that has significant ramifications for both parents. There several, primary factors that will impact the amount of support paid:
- The incomes of both parents
- Which parent pays the healthcare costs
- Which parent pays child care (if any)
Kentucky courts have child support guidelines which provide the minimum for the amount of support a parent may pay. There may be arguments to consider that could increase or decrease the suggested guidelines. This modification can be done in mediation with the agreement of both parties or the judge may take various issues into consideration during a child support hearing. Parents that have split custody (50-50 parenting time) have a specific way child support calculation.
Our judges try to ensure cases involving children are done as equitably as possible. If there are educational expenses, extracurricular activities and other issues, they need to be considered in the child support calculations.
Additionally, the cost of providing daycare services, after school care and healthcare are included in the calculation. It is recommended that you keep a file of various expenses. The current needs and costs will change over time. Child support levels should reflect those changes.
Child support can be modified by motion to the court of agreement of the parties. By filing a motion with the court, parents can request the court for a change. The parties can always come to a mutual agreement of a modification of child support, but it is important to talk to your attorney before you make any agreements.
Some families have circumstances which may require the attorneys and judge to agree on unique arrangements. The cost of caring for a special needs child is an example. It may require the parties to look for solutions that require a flexibility and some level of cooperation.
I work to ensure my clients are treated fairly in issues involving child support. I’ll spend time helping to generated a full and complete list of financial records and expenses. We want to present an accurate case to the court so that support can be determined.
Please call my office, or contact me to set up an appointment to review your situation. We’ll be able to begin planning the best strategy for your case. You can reach me at (502) 454-5019.