We Help Resolve Child Support Disputes
Indiana law requires parents to financially support their children until each child turns 19, at which point a child becomes emancipated by law. A noncustodial parent (a parent who does not have primary physical custody of his or her child) typically is responsible for paying a larger amount of child support. Indiana’s income shares model aims to provide a child with the same proportion of parental income from each parent that the child would have received if the parents remained together. The amount of child support that one parent must pay is determined by a rigid formula that takes several factors into account. These include:
- Both parents’ wages (weekly gross income), self-employment and other income
- The standard of living that was established while the parents were still together
- Any relevant medical conditions of either parent or a child
- The child’s health and education needs
Why An Experienced Child Support Attorney Is Important
While day-to-day living expenses and medical expenses are factored into the child support formula, optional expenses such as summer camps, participation in sports and other extracurricular activities are not built into the Indiana child support guidelines. Parents must reach an agreement about how these expenses will be divided.
Changes in parents’ employment, parenting plans or a child’s needs may require adjustments to your existing child support directives. We can help you petition for such changes. If a parent is not meeting court-ordered support obligations, we can help you take legal steps to enforce those payments.
Enlisting the help of the knowledgeable family law attorneys at Wagner, Crawford & Gambill in Terre Haute can protect your interests as well as those of your children. Whether you expect to pay child support or receive it, we can guide you through the process and ensure that your child’s other parent is presenting accurate numbers in terms of income, assets, expenses and other key factors.