One of the most important issues involved with divorce or separation is child support. Under Indiana law, parents are obligated to bear the financial responsibility of for caring their children. Child support payments are used to help pay for expenses such as food, clothing, housing, education, and medical treatment. This is true even if the parents have never married. If you believe that you are entitled to child support you need an Anderson child support lawyer that will stand by your side and fight for you and your child’s rights.
Likewise, if you are already paying child support payments and believe that your former spouse is using these funds for unauthorized purposes, you need an attorney to fight for your rights and to protect you from unreasonable payments. You cannot just stop performing your obligation to pay child support. Non-compliance with an Indiana court-ordered child support obligation can result in harsh penalties. If you need child support or are currently subject to a child support order, you need to contact an attorney that understands child support laws in Indiana. Anderson child support attorney Aaron will guide you through every step of the child support petition or modification process.How is Child Support Calculated in Indiana?
Child support calculations are made using a series of guidelines. Generally, in Indiana, courts base child support amounts on both parents’ weekly income, child care expenses, health insurance premiums, any existing child support orders or alimony amounts, and the frequency with which the non-custodial parent visits with the child. Indiana’s child support guidelines aim to keep the child in the same financial position as they would have been if both parents stayed together.Is Child Support Modifiable?
Child support can be modified in Indiana, depending on the circumstances. To petition for a modification, the request must be made with the court that issued the original child support order. If your ex-spouse has since changed jobs, had additional children, or if there has been a “substantial and continuing” change in circumstances, you may be entitled to modify your child support obligation to a lesser amount. Either parent has the ability to request the court to change a child support order. It is important to be proactive in these situations. If you wait for the other parent to “come after you” for non-payment, you may face stiff fines and even jail time.What if one Parent Does not Work?
If one parent is unemployed, and the court believes that the parent could be working, the court has the discretion to “impute” income to that parent. When the court chooses to “impute” income to a parent, they assume that the parent is working (for the purposes of the child support guidelines) and will list an income for that parent when determining the proper child support payment. At a minimum, courts will impute minimum wage full-time employment on a parent that is subject to imputation.Call Aaron Today!
If you need child support or think that your current child support payment is unreasonable, you may need a qualified family law attorney to help you obtain a positive result. You need an Anderson child support attorney that will tirelessly fight to protect your rights at every stage of your case. Aaron handles child support cases for citizens throughout central Indiana. Call or text Aaron today, and he will return your call within minutes.