Child Support Is Not Just A Simple Formula
Your children deserve to have a stable home life, the medical care they need and the educational opportunities to thrive and develop properly into adulthood. West Virginia’s child support guidelines are set to give parents predictable and uniform procedures for calculating the amount of financial support for meeting their child’s needs after a divorce.
Parents are expected to continue providing for their children’s basics, including medical care and educational needs. If parents have a joint custody arrangement, each parent is expected to contribute equally to the financial support of their child. However, when one parent – or another caregiver – is awarded sole custody, the noncustodial parent will have to provide financial support according to the state guidelines.
There are exceptions to the guidelines that can be made, especially when your child has special circumstances to consider, such as medical needs, emotional needs or extracurricular educational support.
Variances To A Child Support Order Can Be Complex
I am John J. Balenovich, an experienced family law attorney serving clients in Charleston and throughout the surrounding communities. John J. Balenovich Law Offices, LC, helps parents who are seeking to provide their children with optimal conditions after their divorce. Generally, West Virginia’s calculations for child support orders are based on:
- The amount of both parents’ income
- The amount of time each parent spends with the child
- Unreimbursed health care expenses for the child
- Work-related child care costs
- Other extraordinary expenses
Navigating through the exceptions can be difficult on your own. I assist families with all aspects of creating child support agreements, including modifications of existing child support orders.
Have Your Financial Circumstances Changed Since Your Child Support Order Was Established?
If your financial circumstances have changed or your child’s living arrangements have changed, you may be able to seek a modification of child support order to reflect your accurate income and living situation. I can help you. John J. Balenovich Law Offices, LC, provides clients in Charleston and the surrounding areas of West Virginia innovative child support representation to ensure your child’s well-being is maintained. To discuss child support matters with a lawyer, call 304-205-1523 or send an email.