The purpose of child support is to ensure that the cost of living expenses of children (basics such as food, clothing and shelter, as well as additional specified and discretionary extras) are paid for by the parents upon breakdown of their relationship.
It is relatively simple to calculate child support using the Federal Child Support Guidelines, which are based solely on the non-custodial parent's income and the number of children, and numerous online calculators exist which help you determine the monthly amount that should be payable.
But there are many factors which may affect the amount of support, including custody and residency arrangements, the needs and special and extraordinary expenses of your children, and the determination of income of the support paying parent, especially where the income is not from salaried employment.
Support obligations may also change, as the children's needs or custody situation changes, or the support payor’s income changes, resulting in the need for a review or variation of the support payable.
Whether it is an original determination of support, or a review or variation, we will review your circumstances, and work to achieve a result that is fair and equitable to you and your children.
For more information about how we can help you, please contact us.