Establishing Child Support Orders That Benefit The Children
At Leonard, Hammond, Thoma & Terrill, P.C., our attorneys help parents establish, modify and enforce child support arrangements. Whether you wish to maximize the amount of support your children receive or seek to minimize the amount of support you are obligated to pay, we will work diligently to achieve your goals.
The keys to our success in this area include:
- Our knowledge of the law: We understand the nuances of the child support guidelines which went into effect in 2010.
- Our years of experience: We draw upon more than 50 years of experience representing clients in child support cases. Over the years, we have resolved issues in many challenging and unique situations. We use this knowledge to benefit your case.
- Our focus on you as an individual: Every family and every situation is different. Because we take the time to get to know you and your circumstances, we are better able to develop strategies for achieving your goals.
What Goes Into The Child Support Calculation?
In Indiana, child support is calculated based on a set of guidelines that considers the number of children, your weekly gross income, the amount of time the children live with you and your expenditures on your children’s health care and other costs. But child support is not just a cold calculation, separate from other areas of your life and the lives of your children and their other parent. The amount of child support you pay or receive hinges on many factors. The Indiana child support calculator can give you a general idea of how much child support you should expect to pay or receive.
As a team of experienced family law lawyers, we know that a number of additional factors can influence the amount of money you will pay or receive in child support, such as changes in the number of nights the children spend with you. Should your circumstances change due to the loss of a job, the birth or adoption of additional children, or relocation, we can file for a modification of child support. To help identify the best solutions, we take a comprehensive approach to help you determine exactly what qualifies as gross income and take a sharp eye toward the other party’s claims of income.
In one case, we found that the other party was living rent-free in her parents’ home. We hired a Realtor who assessed the fair market value of her living arrangements at $1,000 per month. The judge imputed this amount to her gross income, which reduced the amount of child support our client was obligated to pay. We have similarly found ways to increase the amount of support our clients receive by showing that the other party received bonuses, commissions or other income.
Contact Our Capable Team For Guidance
Put our expertise to work for you. To arrange a free consultation with an experienced Fort Wayne family lawyer, please contact us online or call us at 260-420-6000. We represent clients throughout Indiana and can guide you through divorce, establishing a fair child custody arrangement and other family law concerns.