Child Support

When meeting with a South Carolina Child Support Lawyer for the first time, there are a lot of questions you will likely want to ask. But you should also be prepared to bring a lot of documents and information with you, as these will help your attorney efficiently work through your situation and give you a more accurate picture of what child support you may owe. Here are some of the more important documents and information you will need for child support.

Every state handles divorce a little differently, but in general, parents are required to maintain basic support of their children during and after a divorce. This support can take many forms, ranging from making payments to a spouse in order to assist with groceries and other essentials to setting aside money for major expenses. In this post, we’ll discuss child health insurance after divorce.

“If she won’t let me see my kid, then I shouldn’t have to pay child support!”  This common refrain may be among the top two or three remarks that most family law attorneys hear when handling child support and visitation matters. This is perhaps only tied by “If he won’t pay his child support, then he shouldn’t get to see his child!”  While these seem like logical statements, they both miss a very important element of the law. In short, these are both incorrect. Here is why.

A Child Support Order is a legal court document that requires the parties to comply with its terms. Violating a Support Order can result in steep fines, interest charges, and even the loss of numerous privileges, such as your driver’s license. In extreme cases, it can result in jail time for the offender. This is why it is so important to know your rights and get experienced legal help before trying to represent yourself in a divorce or child support action in South Carolina. If you are being sued for child support arrears or facing garnishment of your wages, you need to contact a child support attorney who can fight to protect your rights. Here are just a few important considerations and potential reasons to modify child support that everyone should know.

Child support obligations in South Carolina are based on your income but do not take certain factors into account (such as outstanding debts or extenuating circumstances). Financial setbacks happen to the best of us. So what happens if you can’t afford to pay child support? If you are no longer in the financial position you were in when your child support order was established, there are options available to you.

Accurately determining income and other assets is an important aspect in every divorce case. The income of each spouse is used to determine an equitable division of marital property, as well as the number of potential alimony payments. In South Carolina, child support payments are also calculated based on the incomes of both parents. Like other divorce cases, income plays a large role in military divorces as well. However, an armed service member’s pay is not as straightforward as a typical civilian’s wages. Here’s what you need to know about military spouse divorce alimony and child support. We’ll walk you through how active duty military incomes are calculated when filing for divorce in South Carolina.

Almost 30 years ago, the federal government mandated each state to implement a statewide computerized child support enforcement system. South Carolina’s system was supposed to be operating smoothly by 1997. Due to decades of contractor difficulties and a lengthy court battle, the Palmetto State still does not have a working child support enforcement system. This can make it difficult for custodial parents to recover child support from deadbeat parents, and it has cost the state millions of dollars in fines.

One of the toughest aspects of being divorced or separated is that one of the two parents is often burdened with a child support obligation. While child support is important for the stability of your child and helps provide for the child’s needs, obligations can be steep and sometimes difficult to manage, especially when you experience a sudden change in your financial circumstances. You might encounter a financial hardship, such as the loss of your job or a reduction in pay, or perhaps you have suffered an accident and suddenly have to shoulder some hefty medical bills. These circumstances are often outside of your control. Maybe you’ve stumbled on some bad luck, and your obligation is straining your finances to their breaking point. But here is some good news: in South Carolina, it is sometimes possible to obtain a court order for child support modification if you have experienced a substantial financial hardship.

While in most circumstances when a child reaches the age of 18, new laws go into effect to govern the now-adult’s life. With the age of adulthood, many criminal offenses become more serious and new legal freedoms or rights are available to the youth. However, things are not so cut and dry when it comes to a parent’s child support obligation once a child turns 18 years of age. In South Carolina, there are several circumstances under which a parent’s child support obligation can last for years after a child turns 18.

Imagine you are going through a contentious divorce case with your soon-to-be ex-spouse. You are so caught up in your divorce that you stop performing well at work and you decide to quit your job. Now your spouse wants to ask you to pay child support and wants to use your income from your former employment to calculate the obligation. Can they do that?