Fuerst, Carrier & Ogden
Over 50 Years of Dedicated Family Law Experience
Dedicated Advocates For Child Support Issues
When parents get divorced, children are often in the middle of the various decisions that must be made. While custody and visitation agreements immediately spring to mind for parents, there is also the question of ensuring that enough financial support is provided to help cover the costs of raising a child.
At Fuerst, Carrier & Ogden, in Lake Charles, our attorneys help resolve complicated support disputes. Whether you are seeking support payments or are being asked to pay, we can represent your interests while keeping the needs of your child at the forefront of any decision. To schedule an initial consultation with our lawyers, call 337-436-3332.
Determining The Amount Of Support Payments
In most cases, calculating the amount of child support you can expect to pay or receive is relatively straightforward. There are guidelines set by the state of Louisiana that you can use to help estimate the amount. The primary factor used to determine support payments is the respective incomes of each parent. However, as in any legal matter complications can arise and there may be other factors that will have to be addressed. We also use experts to locate hidden income when necessary. That is why it is important to have trusted legal counsel on your side.
Is It Possible To Modify Support Payments?
Child support amounts are not necessarily set in stone. If a parent experiences a substantial change in circumstances, such as the loss of a job or a promotion to a significantly higher paying position, it may be possible to seek a modification to support payments. Modification requests must be reviewed and approved by the court. Changing payment amounts without court approval can lead to disaster.
Enforcing Child Support
Unfortunately, many parents fail to comply with the terms of a child support order. In these cases, it may be possible to garnish the other parent’s wages, hold him or her in contempt, or take other legal measures to help enforce the terms of your support agreement.