Charleston SC Child Support Lawyer – Family Law Attorney
In the state of South Carolina when a married couple goes through a divorce one of the things that they are going to have to decide on is the matter of child custody. Once this has been determined, the parent who does not have custody (the “obligor”) will be required to make child support payments to the custodial parent (the “obligee”). South Carolina uses what is called the Income Shares Model to determine the amount of child support that is called for, and it proceeds from the standpoint that both parents are equally responsible for the financial needs of the children.
Although they are both equally responsible, the share that each parent must pay is weighted based on their respective incomes. Here is an example. Let’s say there is one child involved, and the mother has custody. Her income is $2,000 per month, and the father’s income is $2,500 totaling $4,500. The state issues guidelines that mandate the total amount of support that is required, so we will say that this amount is $350. The father is making 56% of the total income, so he must pay 56% of the $350 as his child support payment, which is $196.
The child support payment amount that was set initially is not necessarily going to be permanent. Since the Income Shares Model uses a strict formula for calculating the amount of child support that must be paid, when the income of the parents changes or when the state guidelines are adjusted a modification may be in order. Since costs in general usually rise, the needs of children increase, and people tend to earn more over time child support modifications for the most part result in an increase in the amount that must be paid. However, if the obligor was to suffer a cut in pay or become unemployed, or if the obligee was to enjoy an improved financial situation, the payments could be reduced.
For more informations about child support modifications, contact a Charleston SC family lawyer for a consultation.