There are few issues more critical in divorce than those involving child support, which is why you should ensure that you retain an experienced Monroe child support lawyer today. Contact Breithaupt, DuBos & Wolleson to learn more about child support in Louisiana and how our firm can assist you through every step of the legal process ahead.
Do I Need a Child Support Lawyer?
Child support is one of the most hot-button divorce issues, which is why you simply should not proceed without a knowledgeable Monroe, Louisiana family law attorney on your side. Our firm is here to advocate for your child to help ensure he or she receives the support they need to live a fulfilling and healthy life.
Calculating Child Support in Louisiana
The first thing you should understand is that Louisiana abides by the income shares model when calculating child support, meaning they primarily consider the amount of financial support a child would receive if both parents remained married and lived together. That said, in most cases, if the noncustodial parent earns more than the custodial parent, the noncustodial parent will have to pay the larger portion of the support agreement. If the custodial parent earns more, then the custodial parent will likely have to pay more.
Additional Factors Considered
As you know, everyone’s situation is different, and every child’s needs are different, which is why courts will sometimes have to consider additional critical factors when determining a child support agreement. Some of those factors are as follows:
- The child’s age and health, as well as the cost of health insurance
- The number of children in the household
- Childcare costs, including whether the child has any special needs
- Both parents’ earning potential
- Any other factor the court deems relevant to the child’s best interests
When Does Child Support End in Louisiana?
In most cases, child support ends when a child reaches the age of 18. That said, certain circumstances may warrant an extension of child support, including if the child is a full-time college student, hasn’t reached the age of 19, and is dependent upon either parent. Additionally, in some cases, if a child has special needs, it may warrant an extended child support arrangement.
Contact a Monroe Child Support Lawyer
Whether you are the parent paying child support or the parent receiving child support, it is in your best interests to retain the services of an experienced attorney who can help ensure that your child’s well-being is protected. Contact Breithaupt, DuBos & Wolleson today.