Child Support

ARE YOU SEEKING CHILD SUPPORT?

Legally, any child of a couple (married or not) is owed support. The amount of support is determined by the court unless an agreement between the parents has been reached outside of court. Support is usually paid by wage assignment, which means the payments are deducted from the paycheck of the spouse responsible for paying support.

Child support cases can be extremely complex and stressful. The Terre Haute family law attorneys at Rowdy Williams Law Firm is sensitive to both the legal and emotional aspects of these cases. We provide caring and capable legal counsel with the goal of protecting your rights and the welfare of your children. A Terre Haute divorce lawyer from our firm can be counted on for competent legal representation in any child support matter, including modifications of an existing agreement and non-payment.

AMOUNT OF CHILD SUPPORT

Child support issues are usually addressed during divorce proceedings, but can also take place before or after a divorce case has been settled or in a paternity action when the child was born out of wedlock. The Indiana Child Support Guidelines is applied when determining the amount of child support a parent will pay. It involves various calculations that take into consideration:

  • Your income
  • Your ex-spouses incomes
  • Health care costs
  • Child care expenses
  • The number of children you and your spouse have
  • The amount of time the children spend with each parent
  • The number of other children you and your ex-spouse support
  • And many other factors

COLLEGE EXPENSES AND EMANCIPATION

A college education is becoming more and more expensive every year. In Indiana, children are emancipated at the age of 19, which means that child support payments will end. However, if funds are needed for educational expenses, the court can be petitioned for these payments. Current Indiana law requires that this petition be filed with the court before the child reaches 19 years of age. Even if an informal agreement has been established between parents, it is important to file the petition with the court to ensure the payment plan is enforced.