Child Support In South Carolina
During or after legal separation or divorce, if there are children involved, it’s very important that you know your options for paying or seeking child support or child support modification in South Carolina. Child support is paid by a non-custodial parent to assist in the financial support of minor children in the care of a custodial parent and can be paid directly to the custodial parent or indirectly through the Family Court. Failure to make child support payments on time can put you in contempt of court and impose fines and even jail time. See more information about child support in the What You Should Know section below.
South Carolina Child Support Lawyers
The experienced child support attorney at Victoria Law Firm strives to be the best family law attorney in South Carolina and will pursue fair and adequate child support in the best interests of your children. We can answer your child support questions, as well as guide you through the laws surrounding child custody and visitation, child support vs alimony, etc. Family Law clients in the state of South Carolina, if you are seeking legal separation or divorce and have children, our family law divorce lawyer will help you understand your options and the South Carolina Child Support Guidelines and child support enforcement.
Free Consultation About Child Support In South Carolina
Clients in the Spartanburg, Greenville, and Anderson, South Carolina areas should call us today for a free child support case evaluation from our qualified family law attorney. We will discuss your concerns and questions about the South Carolina Child Support Guidelines and we always work in strict confidentiality with our Family Law clients.
What You Should Know About Child Support Laws And South Carolina Child Support Guidelines
The amount of child support to be paid is based upon the South Carolina Child Support Guidelines which consider the gross income or earning capacity of each parent and other expenses for the children like medical insurance premiums and work-related daycare expenses. Usually, the living expenses of each parent like rent/mortgage and utilities are not used to calculate child support within in the Guidelines. There are, however, many cases where the child support order deviates from these Guidelines and our experienced child support attorney can help you navigate the system, whether you are paying or receiving child support payments.
Other possible factors the Guidelines will consider:
Number of children
Equitable property division
Substantial disparity of income
Mandatory retirement deductions
Extraordinary medical expenses for child or parent
The existence of other children in the home from a previous relationship
Income addition or deductions due to child support or alimony orders from a previous relationship
Also to note, courts have determined that, no matter what they are currently earning, an award of alimony or child support in such cases where a parent is willfully employed, unemployed, or underemployed is justified based on what he or she could earn if using his or her best efforts to find employment. In other words, the South Carolina Family Court judges will consider whether either parent is capable of earning more money than they currently do.
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