Louisiana Child Support - Are You Paying the Right Amount?
If you’re a Baton Rouge area non-custodial parent who pays child support, we know that you want to do everything possible to make sure your child or children are well taken care of, both when they’re with you and when they’re with their custodial parent. But, we also understand that child support is expensive, especially when you have your own household to maintain, including everything your children need when they are in your care, too. And nobody helps you with the expenses you have when your children are with you, do they?
How is Child Support Calculated in Louisiana?
In Louisiana, when a child support order is created or modified, several factors are considered. These include:
● Whether or not there are any pre-existing child support or spousal support orders in place for either the custodial or non-custodial parent.
● The net costs of childcare due to employment or a job search, minus the federal tax credit for childcare.
● The costs of health insurance for the children before the court.
● Whether or not the children before the court have extraordinary medical expenses.
● Private schooling costs, if both the custodial and non-custodial parents agree on private schooling placement.
The above list is just the tip of the iceberg. The truth is, Louisiana has a complicated worksheet that must be filled out by both parents in order to determine the exact amount of child support due to the custodial parent. And, one wrong calculation or entry could mean that you end up paying more than you should in child support.
How Do I Modify Child Support in Louisiana?
Even those with best co-parenting relationships can have contentious conversations when it comes to modifying child support. That’s why, if you have questions about modifying child support, it’s always important to consult with a family law attorney like the ones at Earl & Messer Law Firm in Baton Rouge. Based on our experience, many Louisiana non-custodial parents are eligible for a child support reduction, but don’t realize it. Situations that can allow for a child support modification that results in a reduction of payment include:
● The child or children before the court were previously enrolled in a childcare program for which you were partially paying, but now they are no longer in childcare.
● The custodial parent becomes disabled and is no longer able to work, or is receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Payments or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
● The custodial parent is now making more money than they were when child support was previously ordered, and it’s been at least 3 years since your child support order was created.
As you can imagine, having these conversations with your co-parent can be difficult, and many co-parents are reluctant or completely refuse to disclose to the other parent how much money they are now making. That’s why, when it comes to a child support modification, it’s always important to have a trusted Baton Rouge family law attorney by your side.
Call Us if You Have Child Support Questions
If you think that your’s and your custodial parent’s circumstances have changed to the point that a child support modification is warranted, then give the Earl & Messer Law Firm a call. We’ll be happy to listen to your situation and offer you a free consultation. You can reach our Baton Rouge offices at (225) 687-1111.