Child Support Payments and Modifications in South Carolina
Every parent has financial obligations to their child. At Carver Law Firm LLC, we help clients understand what these obligations are, and how they are calculated in South Carolina. In the event of a material and substantial change in circumstances, we can help clients seek a modification of the ordered child support.
Although trying to understand legal matters can be daunting, the knowledge that we share empowers you to make informed decisions about your situation and can take the fear out of the situation. We represent clients throughout Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand area in child support matters. Contact us online or call 843-502-0368 to schedule your initial consultation with an experienced lawyer.
Understanding the Child Support Formula
In South Carolina, child support is based on the gross monthly income of each party. Unlike some states, it doesn't matter how much you actually bring home; the formula is based on your paycheck before deductions. From there, child support is calculated based on factors such as:
- The cost of health insurance for your child(ren)
- The cost of work-related day care
- The total number of children
The formula places a percentage of financial support on both parties, not just the non-custodial parent. In some instances, a high income parent with custody may pay the low income parent support so as to maintain the children's standard of living more evenly at both homes.
Modifications to Child Support
In order for a modification to be made to your child support payments, you must be able to prove a substantial, material change in circumstance. For instance, parents may have to prove that an unforeseen event is affecting their ability to pay. Working with an experienced family law attorney can help protect your rights when child support payments are being established or when they need to be modified. Schedule your appointment by contacting us online, by calling 843-502-0368 locally or toll free at 866-623-7040.