South Carolina and North Carolina established guidelines to calculate the amount of child support the paying parent is required to pay. Contrary to what some parents believe, child support is not intended to punish the person required to pay it or reward the parent who receives it. Child support is for the benefit of the child, and the obligation to pay child support cannot be discharged through bankruptcy or unemployment.
If you are the non-custodial parent and you are paying child support, don’t wait until the court holds you in contempt for failure to comply with the provisions of the child support order before seeking legal representation. You must be proactive. Attorney Syretta R. Anderson has helped clients in Rock Hill & Gaffney, SC establish workable child support arrangements. She has also offered experienced legal counsel in the modification and enforcement of existing orders of support.
Child support is calculated according to a formula. While the court is willing to take into consideration extenuating circumstances that may affect the parent’s ability to pay child support, the formula used provides a good estimate of what you will be expected to pay.
If a non-custodial parent is currently paying child support for children from different marriages or mothers, the court may give him or her credit for the child support. In addition, both parents may receive credit for other biological or adopted children that reside in the same home with the parent.
Failure to pay child support can result in garnishment of wages, loss of your driver’s license and/or passport, and possibly even jail time. As our world becomes more technologically advanced, it has become even easier for individuals to be tracked and located. Parents who fail to pay child support risk encountering significant legal and financial difficulty later – even if they manage to avoid problems initially.
If illness or the loss of employment creates the need to increase the child support received or decrease the amount ordered to be paid, a modification of child support may be appropriate. parent of your child will not be enforceable and could lead to future legal Anderson Law Firm can prepare all the necessary documentation for you to petition the court to seek a modification of the amount of child support you may receive or pay.
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