Child Support Attorney Charleston, WV
Charleston Child Support Attorneys
Child support is a common court order in divorce cases involving minor children. The family courts believe in keeping children’s lives as undisturbed as possible during a dissolution of marriage. Children should not have to suffer or adjust to lower standards of living because of the decisions of their parents.
With this in mind, the courts will award child support payments so that both parents may still financially sustain children from the marriage, until the child turns 18 or longer in some circumstances. If child support is on the table in your divorce proceeding, retain an attorney from Johnson Law Office. You need help from experienced lawyers.
How the Courts Calculate Child Support
In West Virginia, judges use the income shares model to calculate child support. The goal is to continue the same level of financial support the child would have had if the divorce hadn’t happened. To achieve this, the courts will combine both parents’ income levels to determine a total support amount the parents should provide. Then, they will divide the basic support amount between each parent based on childcare expenses.
When parents split custody of children, the courts determine child support slightly different. They will first multiply each parent’s basic support obligation by 1.5, and then divide this support amount by the amount of parental supervision each parent spends with the child. In any child support agreement, one parent does not pay the entire amount. Instead, the courts split the amount between the parents based on childcare. However, when one parent has primary custody, the other parent cuts the checks or pays a lump sum.
Contact Johnson Law Office for a consultation regarding your divorce and child support payments. Our family attorneys want to help you fight for fair financial support for your child or children.