Drew Solnoki, Byrd Law Firm
Child support is a calculation based on a formula that is referred to as Child Support Guidelines. There are many different factors that go into determining the amount of child support. The first and most important factor is the parties’ respective incomes.
There are also several other important factors, other than income, that are used to calculate the amount of child support. These factors are the number of children, the number of overnights that each parent has with the children, the amount of money that each party pays for health insurance for the children and/or for themselves, and the amount of money that each parent pays for the children’s daycare, before-care, and/or after-care.
If you have been court-ordered to pay child support and you can no longer afford to pay child support due to a substantial decrease in your income, you have the right to petition the court to reduce your child support obligation.