Ensuring Appropriate Child Support Amounts
Child support, monetary support paid by one parent to another for the benefit of the child, is often a hotly contested issue in the termination of a marriage, or when a court is assigning parental rights to parents of a child born out of wedlock.
When faced with a child support issue, it is always in your best interest to retain an experienced family law attorney to inform you of what you should receive or to ensure that you don’t find yourself paying more than you should be required to. Soroka & Associates, LLC, brings compassion, skill and toughness while advising parents about child support matters.
Child Support Determination
For most parents, how a court calculates child support is relatively straightforward. As long as the parents’ combined gross (or pre-tax) income is less than $150,000 a year, the court applies statutory guidelines created by the state legislature called the Ohio Child Support Guideline Worksheet. The court will input basic information about the parents, such as the following, into the worksheet, and a support amount will then be generated. :
- Child care expenses
- Health insurance costs
- Spousal support owed or received
- Whether either parent is already paying or receiving child support for another child
In some instances, the court may determine that it is necessary to deviate, either up or down, from the suggested support amount determined by the guidelines. The court may decide to deviate from the guidelines based on issues such as unusual health care issues for the child, the cost of the child’s extracurricular activities, or any other reason which the court determines would make the amount suggested by the guidelines unjust.
When Parents’ Combined Income Is High
When parents are considered high income, meaning their combined gross income is greater than $150,000, the support calculation becomes much more complicated, and it is absolutely crucial that each parent has an experienced attorney to represent their interests. In these situations, the court does not use any type of statutory guideline to determine child support. Instead, the court, on a case-by-case basis, decides what is in the best interest of the child.
The court can look at any factor it determines to be helpful, including the lifestyle the child enjoyed while the parents were married, any special needs of the child and the income of the parents. In some cases, one parent will attempt to obtain a higher child support order, to maintain their own lifestyle, rather than to care for their child. Your attorney will be able to help you make sure that you don’t end up paying for your ex-spouse’s lifestyle, and that the support you pay is actually applicable and necessary for the benefit of your child.
Contact A Clear-Headed Adviser And Advocate
No matter the situation, the attorneys at Soroka & Associates, LLC, can help you resolve your child support and child custody issues in ways that are best for your child, and fairest to you. You can contact our Columbus office at 614-358-6525, or fill out our online contact form. We offer a free initial consultation and are available to assist our clients 24 hours a day. Call today, and let our dedicated and experienced attorneys help you ensure a secure future for you and your child.