Guiding You In Child Support Cases
There is a formula to determine a presumptive amount of child support based on each parent’s income, with each parent being responsible for his or her own pro rata share. Notwithstanding the presumptive amount of support, a judge can take many other factors into account when determining the final amount of child support to be paid.
Lise S. Kaplan, LLC, in Macon, Georgia, is a family law firm that can guide you in matters related to child support. With more than 30 years of experience practicing family law, attorney Lise S. Kaplan will advocate for you in receiving a fair amount of child support or in paying a reasonable amount to your child’s other parent.
Modifying Child Support Payments
A judge may make adjustments to each parent’s support obligation by taking into account the following factors:
- Has either parent had a significant change in income?
- Has the need for day-care or its cost changed significantly?
- Has there been a change in the child’s medical or educational needs or a change in the cost of these?
- Is the child spending more time with one parent than was originally contemplated under the original order?
An experienced attorney will point out factors that affect child support and will present evidence that may persuade a judge or jury. The judge or jury will review the additional factors and take them into consideration when setting the amount of child support. You will need to provide detailed documentation to support any deviation you are seeking from the presumptive statutory amount.
Some judges rarely deviate from the presumptive amount of child support without documentation of extreme circumstances, even if the paying parent cannot pay the amount determined by the guidelines. An attorney can help you demonstrate your actual ability to pay or what your spouse should be paying, despite his or her pleas to the contrary. If circumstances change in the future, you may be able to return to court and ask to modify the original amount.
Ms. Kaplan will provide explanations regarding all legal matters related to the topic of child support. Thorough and focused on your objective, she will work to gain the best results in your case.
A Good Family Law Attorney Is One Call Away
Child support payments are a major issue in family law. Lise S. Kaplan, LLC, in Macon, Georgia, has guided hundreds of clients in family law matters, addressing the crucial child support issue. We are prepared to help. Please call our office at 478-207-5124 or complete our online contact form.