Columbia Child Support Lawyer
Child Support in Divorce in Columbia
The South Carolina Code of Laws contains dozens of statutes which establish and regulate the topic of child support in our state, which is evidence of how seriously the family courts in Columbia take the subject of a parent's duty to provide for the economic needs of a child. Child support is often one of the most contentious issues in a divorce, as both parents want to see that the children are provided for but do not want to be forced to carry an unfair share of the financial burden. If you are serious about avoiding a final settlement which places you in difficulty, let a Columbia divorce attorney from Masella Law Firm, P.A. fight for you! We understand how much is at stake for your future, and with extensive experience in practice, we know how to get the results you need.
Determining Child Support in a Divorce
In most cases, the parent who is awarded child custody will also be awarded child support payments, while the non-custodial parent will be ordered to pay. In determining the amount of the payment, the court will generally assume that the figure determined by the Child Support Calculator is correct, but may consider arguments made by either parent to adjust the figure up or down. A general guideline is that both parents will be expected to pay as much as reasonably possible according to their ability to pay, so the parent who earns a larger income will typically be ordered to pay more. It is also possible to come to an agreement on support payments out of court in an
Enforcement and Modification of Child Support in Columbia
If the other parent has fallen behind on payments or has become delinquent in paying the ordered amount, we can help you pursue legal remedies to enforce payment. Potential penalties for non-payment of support include driver's license revocation, income withholding, garnishments of Social Security or VA benefits, a property lien or even an arrest. If, on the other hand, you have been ordered to pay but can no longer afford to keep up with the payment amount, an attorney from our firm can represent you in court to petition for a support modification, using evidence to convince the judge to reduce your monthly obligation.