Both parents are expected to contribute financially to child support but only one parent will actually be required to make a payment on a monthly basis. The other parent, most often the primary residential parent, will be responsible for the day-to-day management and expenditures associated with support of the children. Support obligations are set according to a statutory formula. Calculating child support is not always straight forward, as support obligations are directly determined based on the net incomes of the parties.
Determining what constitutes net income is consequential. For W-2 wage earners with no other sources of income, determining net income for purposes of setting child support obligations can be relatively straight forward. Calculating net income for the unemployed, underemployed, or for individuals who own businesses, investments, or have non-recurring income can be more difficult. The final figures can dramatically affect child support obligations. The more complicated your financial affairs are, the more critical it is to ensure you have an experienced family law attorney assisting you when determining child support obligations.
Our child support attorneys have represented hundreds of clients in establishing, modifying, and enforcing child support obligations. We have substantial experience in obtaining the correct records and documentation necessary to accurately assess and establish net income in order to ensure support is calculated fairly. Our child support attorneys handle cases where incomes are difficult to prove due to unemployment, underemployment, or where income is otherwise not easily determined due to complicated business or financial interests, or cases in which extraordinary income is involved.
We have handled cases involving:
- Child Support
- Spousal Support
- Special Needs Child Support
- Child Support Enforcement