In Indiana, child support obligations are determined by the Indiana Child Support Guidelines. The theory behind the guidelines is that children should enjoy the same standard of living that they would have enjoyed if the parents had stayed together. In arriving at the appropriate child support obligation, the following are some of the factors considered: incomes of both parents, whether there are previous or subsequent children to consider, health insurance coverage and costs, daycare expenses and how much parenting time the non-custodial parent spends with the child(ren). If you have child support related questions, Call Attorney Corey L. Scott now at (317) 634-0101, phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Modification of Child Support
As with most things in life, over time, circumstances change. This truth applies to child support obligations. Therefore, child support obligations may be modified for several reasons. First, a child support obligation may be modified when there are changed circumstances that are so substantial and continuing as to make the prior support obligation unreasonable. Second, a child support obligation may be modified when the amount of support ordered to be paid differs by more than twenty (20%) percent from the amount that would be paid by applying the child support guidelines and at least one year has passed since the current support obligation was ordered. It is important to note that the parties are always free to agree to modify a child support obligation. This can be done by completing child support obligation worksheets, including required financial documentation from the parties and submitting this information to the Court for approval. If the parties cannot agree to modify support, either party may seek a modification by filing a petition with the Court and requesting that the matter be set for a hearing. The burden to prove that the support obligation is warranted is on the party seeking the modification. If you are in need of a modification of child support, please Call Attorney Corey L. Scott now at (317) 634-0101, phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Child Support Enforcement
As previously mentioned, the theory behind the child support guidelines is that children should enjoy the same standard of living that they would have enjoyed if the parents had stayed together. Therefore, when there is a failure to pay child support pursuant to the guidelines, it follows that children are forced to live below the desired standard of living supported by the support guidelines.
In response to this serious issue, the Indiana state legislature has provided serious and substantial consequences for those that fail to pay child support obligations. Specifically, if you are delinquent in paying your child support obligation, you could be subjected to the following consequences:
- Drivers License Suspension
- Professional License Suspension (Attorneys, Teachers, etc.)
- Felony Criminal Conviction
- Interception of Tax Refunds
- Loss of Employment
- Violation of Probation
If you are facing any of these serious consequences for failure to pay child support obligations, please Call Attorney Corey L. Scott now at (317) 634-0101, phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.