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Child support is a critical element of the divorce process that can have long-lasting effects on both parents. If you need help negotiating practical child support payments, or if you need to modify a current payment plan, our Columbia family law attorney can help.
Our legal team at The Law Firm of Lorri Kline has more than 25 years of experience in family law. We understand the difficulties associated with divorce, and offer top legal guidance to help our clients minimize stress and ensure a favorable outcome to their case.
About Child Support Terms and Modifications
Child support is closely related to child custody. In most cases, the parent who spends the most time with a child (the custodial parent) receives support payments from the other parent.
The amount paid in child support is determined by the following:
- The income of both parents
- Costs of child care
- The parents’ employment status
- How much time a child spends with the custodial parent
With some exceptions, child support continues until a child is an adult (has reached 18 years of age); however, the amount paid is not set in stone. If circumstances change for either parent, they may be able to modify the terms of support and request an increase or decrease of payments.
A parent can adjust the amount given or received in payments if they can demonstrate their needs have changed in an area including their income or resources, the needs or health of a child, a modified custody plan, costs of child care, and so forth. In the end, the court will make their decision based on the well-being of the child.
Child support affects all parties involved. Our Columbia family lawyer is dedicated to helping our clients reach a favorable outcome to the difficult process of negotiating terms of support. Whether you are in need of child support or would like to modify the terms of your agreement, our firm can help you reach a resolution that is in your child’s best interest. We have helped clients for more than two decades and are ready to assist you during this difficult time.